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Gov lashed on homelessness

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The Hodgman Government's bunkering down on homelessness, insisting new housing developments that won't be ready for some time are the solution.

It's in the face of growing calls for temporary shelter in Hobart to alleviate the winter crisis; a call for demountables at Macquarie Point was dismissed because it's too close to the sewage treatment plant. 

Liberal Speaker Sue Hickey yesterday savaged her own party's performance on the issue, prompting a failed censure motion against Housing Minister Roger Jaensch.

“I will not stand by and watch what this Government has done to innocent people through lack of action," said Ms Hickey. 

Mr Jaensch maintains the Hodgman Government's plan is the right one. 

"...the Government has extended funding for emergency support to provide secure, safe accommodation options to those Tasmanians who are homeless or at risk of experiencing homelessness as part of our second Action Plan," he said. 

"This provides for additional staff for outreach support and capacity to provide a mix of cabins, hotel and motel-style accommodation. We have spent almost $1.9 million on this program this financial year, and it will continue in our new four-year Plan."