Labor has successfully moved a motion to hold a Senate inquiry into Defence Housing Australia and its potential privatisation.
The inquiry has been made necessary by the Government’s failure to resolve concerns about the future of DHA’s operations.
The inquiry will report by 30 April 2016 and will examine:
• Senior management arrangements and board composition of DHA
• Whether the requirements of the Defence Housing Australia Act 1987 have been met
• How the review announced by the Minister for Finance on 11 May 2015 will affect its accounting, information technology and business reporting systems
• What role land sales will play in future business planning, and what implications there are for current residents if existing housing stock is sold, and
• Any other related matter.
Labor has consistently called on the Government to come clean on its plans for DHA, following its on-again off-again sale.
DHA has a central role in supporting Australian Defence Force personnel and their families by providing housing that meets the needs created by the unique nature of military service.
It is an essential and extremely successful part of Defence support arrangements.
This inquiry is welcome news for ADF personnel who have been left in a constant state of uncertainty since the Abbott/Turnbull Government outlined its intention to sell DHA in the 2014 Budget.
Defence families deserve certainty. The Government must make its intentions clear.