Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, June 14th, 2018 - 95 comments
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From the you have to be freaking joking file … National is criticizing Labour for not solving the last National Government created housing crisis quickly enough.
From Jayne Patterson at Radio New Zealand:
There were fractious exchanges between Housing Minister Phil Twyford and his National Party counterpart Judith Collins at select committee and during parliamentary question time today.
The two flash points were a large waiting list for social housing and the government’s flagship Kiwibuild.
Since the end of last year the waiting list for social housing has gone up from about 6000 to just over 8000. When questioned about that, Mr Twyford said that was the result of a rental crisis in the housing market, not new government policy.
Mr Twyford said tenancy reviews, under which people could lose their state house, had been temporarily suspended, but that’s not what has driven the larger waiting list.
Ms Collins wanted to know what he was going to do about it.
“You’ve turned up here with the worst waiting list ever – it’s come up under your watch, not down or even stabilised.”
There were “no excuses”, she said, if that continued to rise.
This is paint by numbers politics where National just says stuff because it may be popular and refuses to acknowledge that changes made to something as big and complex as our housing market do not have immediate effect. It will take years to build enough houses to start and make a difference and address what is a significant shortfall.
And it is a bit rich for them to try and suggest that it is Labour’s fault. For nine long years National it was hard enough to get National to admit there was a problem, let alone a crisis. Until recently when during an Espiner interview Bridges finally started to utter those words.
Guyon Espiner: “It is interesting you call it a housing crisis now. Man you avoided that term for a long time.”
SB: “I’m leader of the opposition now, I get to decide on how we phrase things …”
GE: “So it’s a crisis when you are no longer responsible for it?”
As a minimum you would expect Collins to be embarrassed. If she was human you would expect an apology on behalf of the National Party for failing abysmally to provide that most basic of needs a home to live in.
Expect this tactic to continue however as National tries to create a smell around Labour’s attempt to fix the problem.