The re-election of the Gutwein Government

“We congratulate the Hon. Peter Gutwein MP and the Liberal Party on their re-election,” said Property Council Tasmanian Executive Director Rebecca Ellston. 

“Tasmanians have made their choice and a re-elected Gutwein Government must now focus on helping our state reach its full potential over the next four years.

“A vital issue for this government is housing affordability – it is a major concern for all Tasmanians. 

“We look forward to working with the Gutwein Government to urgently finalise the statewide planning scheme, incentivise first home buyers with a boost to the first home owners grant, and at a broader level conduct a thorough review of Tasmania’s tax system. 

There is absolutely no doubt that the patchwork of state taxes is out-of-date, not fit-for-purpose and is hurting the state’s economy.  It is counter-productive and it must be fixed. 

Ms Ellston said she was hopeful that the industry could work with both sides of politics in developing a pathway forward in tackling the housing affordability crisis in the state. We extend our hand to the Government, Opposition and other parties to work with them on developing a substantive agenda to deal with this issue.”