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Housing minister in denial

Posted by: Paul Entwistle | 13 March, 2012 - 9:55 AM
Troy Buswell has asked for an audit of the Department of Housing maintanence budget but doesn't think there are any problems.

The Housing Minister has refused to accept there are any current problems with the Head Contractor Model raised by 6PR's Housing Department whistleblower Sarah. Paul Murray spoke with Troy Buswell today with Paul Entwistle who has investigated the story.

Blog comments Your Say

  • A few weeks ago i read an article about the money owing to Homewest by tenants who have been accused of damaging property. I would suggest this is not a true cost of tenats bill but includes the cost of this maintanance mess. i have worked as a tenant advocate for 8 years and i know to what standard these homes get repaired, by the departments request, the poor repair doesn't last long and further repairs to the same things are required over and over again. The Department are asking tenants to pay for the poor repair, the appeal system is unjust and the department will not pursue a matter of a debt in court which is the fairest way to resolve a disute which can' t be consiliated.

    sue chadwick Wednesday 14 March, 2012 - 9:46 AM
  • Seems Troy has been so far unable to sniff out the problems seated in the Homeswest head maintenance contracts. Denial alright, the problems are so blatantly obvious, yet we tax payers have to pay an Audit firm to tell us how much we're losing and how obvious the problems are. Like paying someone to laugh and tell you how stupid you are while they're kicking you and taking money out of your wallet. What do you expect when you take the cheapest contractor for the work and expect them to maintain a quality similar to that previously provided. Go back to the old system that actually worked and go back to contractors who provided an honest quality service at a fair price.

    Moriarty Tuesday 13 March, 2012 - 10:56 PM

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