Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Gai Brodtmann has called on the Abbott Government to justify its plan to privatise Defence Housing Australia.
“It’s been reported this week that DHA expects its revenues to increase by almost 60 per cent in the next five years, proving yet again that DHA is a reliable and increasing source of revenue for Government,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“At a time when the Government claims to be addressing a revenue shortfall, selling DHA seems to fail the test of fiscal good sense.
"Surveys show DHA has a customer satisfaction rating of 92 per cent, proving this is the sort of support the ADF wants. This is a classic case of 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' and yet another example of the Abbott government's ideological agenda overriding common sense policy.
“So far the Abbott Government has failed to justify its plan to sell DHA.
“We know that when the UK’s Ministry of Defence Housing was privatised in 1996, management arrangements became increasingly complex and the standard of repair of properties fell, causing distress for many defence families.
“The Abbott Government must explain how the privatisation of DHA will improve the effectiveness of the provision of housing to thousands of ADF personnel and their families.
“As long as the Abbott Government refuses to make a case for the sale, we must assume its decision is purely ideological.”