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Tassie rents rise: "epic fail"

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Hobart's soaring rents have ex-Liberal and Clark Independent candidate Sue Hickey on the warpath with a fresh barrage for her former colleagues. 

Domain figures indicate the Capital's house rents rose more than 4 per cent for the March quarter to a new record high of $480 a week.

Launceston, Burnie, Devonport and surrounds as well as the West Coast are up more than 10 per cent compared to a year ago.

Ms Hickey says only an independent voice will be able pressure the government of the day into real action on housing supply. 

"I am on record as having said that the government doesn't give a sh*t about homelessness, and I won't back away from that because that is exactly the case," she said. 

"I just think it's an epic fail, and the government must start building houses." 

Housing is a key plank of Labor's campaign, Leader Rebecca White pledging more than $195 million in building an additional 2,000 new social houses over six years.

Shadow Housing Minister Alison Standen says the Liberals have had long enough to fix the issue. 

"Three years ago, the Liberal Government held an emergency housing summit to fix the housing crisis; only a Labor Government will fix the housing crisis by taking action where urgent action is required," said Ms Standen. 

But the Liberals have attacked Labor's budget credibility, arguing there's no way the Opposition's multimillion dollar promises will be funded. 

"Their unaffordable and unsustainable $2 billion in promises simply cannot be believed or delivered – unless they tax Tasmanians higher or sack frontline staff like nurses or police officers, just like they did when last in Government," said Finance Minister Michael Ferguson.