Posted June 8th, 2023

Member for Myall Lakes, Tanya Thompson has criticised the Labor Government for
failing in its first attempt at rental reform, backflipping on the secret rent bidding ban
and abandoning the measure.

Mrs Thompson said the broken promise will place more uncertainty and anxiety on
renters and the property industry in the Myall Lakes.

“At a time when rental prices are increasing and becoming unaffordable, we need a
Government that comprehends the current challenges and helps renters find a home,”
Mrs Thompson said.

“The Myall Lakes deserves better than yet another backflip from the Labor

Opposition Leader Mark Speakman said it was clear that Labor hadn’t done the work
in developing legislation to ban secret rent bidding.

“The Government rushed the process, did not properly consult stakeholders and
experts, and ignored their warnings,” Mr Speakman said.

“It’s day 74 and the Labor broken promises are mounting. They’re backflipping on
election promises. They promised to ban secret rental bidding and have now
backflipped. They promised to roll over Active Kids and are now looking to cancel it.
They promised that extra wage increases would cost nothing and be offset with
productivity gains but it’s now going to cost $618 million per annum. They promised
no privatisation but they’re now looking to privatise public land.”

Shadow Fair Trading Minister Tim James said the Government should have never
attempted to introduce such under prepared policy.

“If Labor did the homework, and listened to the community and experts earlier, it
wouldn’t be forced into a backflip on this poorly conceived idea that everyone had said
would inflate rents,” Mr James said.

“The Government needs to explain why they ignored repeated warnings that this policy
will create a rental auction that fuels rent increases, putting a home further out of reach
for millions of NSW renters.”

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