Homelessness minister Julie Collins and husband own THREE properties


Anthony Albanese’s new homelessness minister and her husband own THREE properties in three different states – and that’s not all she has in common with her boss

  • Julie Collins was appointed minister for the homeless by Anthony Albanese
  • She owns a home in her home state of Tasmania and another in Canberra 
  • But her family also owns a third investment property home in Queensland
  • The three bedroom house in Darling Heights was bought in 1992 for $127,00

The new Labor minister for the homeless and her husband own three properties in three different states.

Julie Collins, 50, was appointed housing and homelessness minister in Prime Minister Anthony Albanese‘s new Cabinet last month.

The mother-of-three has a family home in Hobart’s upmarket Rose Bay suburb  overlooking the Tasman Bridge in her Franklin constituency.

She also has a second home in Canberra’s wealthy Griffith suburb which she uses as a base for parliamentary business when in the nation’s capital.

But the family also has a third investment property in Queensland in the name of her husband, Ian Hubbard, with whom she has three children.

The family of the new Labor minister for the homeless Julie Collins owns three homes in three different states

The family of the new Labor minister for the homeless Julie Collins owns three homes in three different states

The family has an investment property in Queensland in the name of Julie Collins's husband Ian Hubbard

The family has an investment property in Queensland in the name of Julie Collins’s husband Ian Hubbard

The three bedroom detached villa in Toowoomba’s Darling Heights boasts beautiful polished floorboards inside and a two-tier backyard on 700sqm of leafy land.

The home was purchased in 1992 for $127,000 and is estimated to have roughly quadrupled in value in the 30 years since.

Experts reckon it is now worth around $500,000, based on neighbouring properties.

The couple rent the property out and it was last advertised for $320 a week, when it was described as a ‘family home located in quiet cul-de-sac’.

‘Good size family brick home in quiet cul-de-sac, offering large living spaces,’ The rental ad read.

‘Fully fenced yard with large paved outdoor area and single lock up garage with backyard access and additional garden shed for storage.

‘Conveniently located in walking distance to schools, shops and university.’

Mother of three Julie Colins half-owns the family home in Hobart's upmarket Rose Bay suburb overlooking the Tasman Bridge in her Franklin constituency

Mother of three Julie Colins half-owns the family home in Hobart’s upmarket Rose Bay suburb overlooking the Tasman Bridge in her Franklin constituency

Julie Collins also has a second home in Canberra's wealthy Griffith suburb which she uses as a base for parliamentary business when in the nation's capital

Julie Collins also has a second home in Canberra’s wealthy Griffith suburb which she uses as a base for parliamentary business when in the nation’s capital

The three properties are all disclosed in Ms Collins’ entry in the official register of MPs’ interests, with the Queensland property under her spouse’s entry.

Ms Collins has been the MP for Franklin since first being elected in 2007, but like Mr Albanese, she also grew up in a housing commission home.

Her father died when she was just five months old, leaving her mother widowed at just 19 and living with Ms Collins grandparents in their public housing.

She couldn’t complete her education for financial reasons and didn’t graduate from high school, but was hired as a Labor administrative assistant.

Julie Collins (pictured with Governor-General David Hurley) has been MP for Tasmania's Franklin since 2007, but like PM Anthony Albanese, she grew up in housing commission

Julie Collins (pictured with Governor-General David Hurley) has been MP for Tasmania’s Franklin since 2007, but like PM Anthony Albanese, she grew up in housing commission

Ms Collins – who is also a member of the Australian Republican Movement – worked for several Tasmanian Labor MPs and senators before becoming state president of Young Labor in 1996.

She was appointed Community Services Minister in 2010 by then-PM Julia Gillard, and later given an expanded role in Kevin Rudd’s short-lived second Cabinet in 2013.

A spokesman for Ms Collins stressed the Queensland property was her husband’s investment property and was not directly owned by Ms Collins.

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