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Re-negotiation of commonwealth state housins agreement must be put on hold



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Media Release Geoff Prosser M.P. FEDERAL MEMBER FOR FORREST

Shadow Minister for Small Business, Housing and Customs.

4 September 1992

Re-negotiation o f Commonwealth State Housing Agreement

Must be Put on Hold

The Government's plans to re-negotiate the Commonwealth State Housing Agreement, commencing today at the Housing Ministers' Conference, should be put on hold until after the federal election, due in March next year.

The government and the Coalition do not share the same veiws on public housing and as such, any new agreement will become redundant after the election. Therefore in the interests of good management and to provide the States with a degree of long-term certainty, negotiations for funding commitments and other reforms should be confined to this financial year only.

Discussions on a new 4 year Commonwealth State Housing Agreement should be postponed and taken up by the new incoming government.

Given that the existing Commonwealth State Housing Agreement is not due to expire until the end of this financial year, the commencement of new negotiations begs the question - why is the Minister acting with such indecent haste?

Moreover, why is he acting to implement a new Commonwealth Housing Policy without waiting for the final recommendations from his self-lauded and outrageously expensive National Housing Strategy.

The Minister is either trying to hide something by rushing through a new agreement or else he has simply lost faith in his own National Housing Strategy. Either way he should come clean.

ends Canberra

For further information contact Karen Kuschert on (06) 277 4717.

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