Greens back class action against public housing demolition


The Victorian Greens have welcomed reports of a class action being launched against the Victorian Labor Government’s plan to demolish 44 public housing towers.

The plan – which was announced last year as part of Labor’s Housing Statement – would see all of the towers demolished and the majority of the land privatised, leaving thousands of public housing residents displaced.

Leader of the Victorian Greens, Samantha Ratnam, said she’d spoken to dozens of residents in recent weeks who were confused and heartbroken, and wanting answers.

She added that the upcoming class action would likely be one of many actions the community would take to stop this devastating plan in its tracks.

Quotes attributable to Leader of the Victorian Greens, Samantha Ratnam MLC:

“Labor's mass privatisation of public housing is making the housing crisis worse.

“There are over 120,000 people on the public housing wait list in Victoria yet this government's solution is to knock down all of our towers and hand the majority of the land over to private developers with no commitment to rebuild public housing.

“I've spoken with dozens of residents since this devastating plan was announced who are confused, heartbroken and want answers. People who have called these towers home for decades and do not want to be displaced from their community.

“The Greens won't accept the contempt Labor is showing for public housing. If this demolition and privatisation goes ahead it could mean the end of public housing in Victoria.”