In the flood of interviews and information from political parties in the Queensland election campaign Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) sees some notable omissions.
There has been no discussion on affordable housing and very little on how an incoming government will support Queenslanders who are doing it tough.
“We acknowledge the announcements about electricity bills and a few other discounts particularly for seniors from both major parties but electricity is only one expense households have,” said Mr Mark Henley, QCOSS CEO.
“Housing affordability is a major issue for people that will take long-term solutions to address and this election campaign provides the perfect opportunity to have the conversation.”
“QCOSS and the Property Council of Australia have released a statement calling for commitment from an incoming government for 38,000 new affordable dwellings and 15,000 new social housing dwellings to be built during the next decade. And we need bipartisan support so it can actually happen.
“Missing from the election conversation is the overall long-term vision of how any incoming government will work with the community to reduce wealth inequality and support all Queenslanders.
“The people of Queensland need a government that has vision beyond the election and budget cycle because that is what is needed for every Queenslander to have social and economic wellbeing.
“We need to be working together – communities, government, opposition, business, and people – at a local level, engaging communities to lead and drive solutions to local issues. This different approach will facilitate a better future for all Queenslanders.
For more than 55 years QCOSS has been a leading force for social change to eliminate poverty and disadvantage. With members from throughout Queensland, QCOSS supports a strong community service sector.