Axe looms over Defence Housing Australia

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Gai Brodtmann has echoed the concerns of the Defence Force Welfare Association over the Abbott Government’s plan to privatise Defence Housing Australia.

The Government’s scoping study on the privatisation of DHA is set to recommend its sale, according to the association.

“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,” Ms Brodtmann said.

“DHA has been an extremely successful part of Defence support arrangements, vastly improving the housing circumstances of Defence personnel and their families.

“Not only does DHA provide a key service to Defence personnel and their families, it has continued to be a reliable and increasing source of revenue for Government.

“Like so many of its thought-bubble policies, the Abbott Government has failed to justify its plan to sell DHA.

“Since the Abbott Government outlined its intention to sell DHA, Defence personnel and their families have been left in a state of uncertainty.

“As long as the Abbott Government refuses to make a case for the sale, we must assume its decision is purely ideological.”

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