Minister No-Show At Thomastown Housing Event

Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell has failed to turn up to an event in Thomastown, instead sending the wrong local MP, Shadow Minister Richard Wynne said today.

“Ms Lovell failed to attend today’s opening of 17 social housing units in Thomastown,” Mr Wynne said.

“This snub by Ms Lovell demonstrates the Baillieu Government’s lack of interest in housing.”

Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio said Legislative Council member Andrew Elsbury attended instead of the Housing Minister, even though he did not represent the local area.

“Curiously, Mr Elsbury represented the Baillieu Government and people were left wondering why the Minister didn’t show up, and neither did local Liberals Matthew Guy and Craig Ondarchie,” she said.

“The fact is neither Ms Lovell, Mr Guy nor Mr Ondarchie thought it was important enough to bother attending. Instead Mr Elsbury came from Keilor to officiate.”

Mr Wynne said Ms Lovell was struggling to keep up with the basic duties of her portfolio, having also failed to release the latest waiting list numbers.

“Ms Lovell can’t find time to come to Thomastown, and hasn’t found time to release waiting list figures for the June quarter,” he said.

“This is the second time since taking office that Ms Lovell has dragged her heels on releasing waiting list information despite Mr Baillieu’s election promise to run an open and accountable government.”


Mr Wynne said it was obvious Ms Lovell was attempting to avoid debate on the Baillieu Government’s commitment on housing, having only promised:

  • The lowest target for upgrading public housing in a decade;
  • The lowest target for assisting families at risk of homelessness through the Transitional Housing Management (THM) program in a decade;
  • No new growth funding for building or acquiring public and social housing;
  • No projected improvement in the number of families being turned away from crisis accommodation services; and
  • No projected improvement in the times faced by families on the Early Housing Waiting List.

“This isn’t good enough, and Mr Baillieu should demand Ms Lovell start taking seriously her responsibility to house some of Victoria’s most vulnerable citizens,” Mr Wynne said.

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