Western Australia’s government has blamed spiralling debt under the previous administration for its failure to house more vulnerable people.
The McGowan government inherited a public housing waitlist of about 17,000 people upon taking office in 2017.
More than 15,700 are currently on the list — a figure that has increased by almost 2000 over the past 12 months — with concerns about the long-term plan for rough sleepers evicted from a homeless camp in Fremantle.
Housing Minister Peter Tinley concedes more needs to be done but says the Labor government is working hard to reduce the number.
“You don’t get a public house because your life’s going really well,” he told Perth radio 6PR on Monday.
“You get a public house…