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Homelessness minister Julie Collins and husband own THREE properties

Anthony Albanese’s new homelessness secretary 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 homeless minister by Anthony Albanese
  • She owns a house in her home state of Tasmania and another house in Canberra
  • But her family also owns a third investment property in Queensland
  • The three-bedroom house in Darling Heights was purchased in 1992 for $127.00

The new Homeless Labor Secretary and her husband own three properties in three different states.

Julie Collins, 50, was appointed Minister of Housing and Homelessness in Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s new cabinet last month.

The mother of three owns a family home in Hobart’s upscale Rose Bay suburb of Rose Bay, overlooking the Tasman Bridge in her Franklin constituency.

She also has a second home in the affluent Griffith suburb of Canberra, which she uses as a base for parliamentary business in the country’s capital.

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

The family of the new Secretary of Labor for the Homeless, Julie Collins, owns three houses in three different states

The family of the new Secretary of Labor for the Homeless, Julie Collins, owns three houses in three different states

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

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

The three bedroom detached villa in Darling Heights in Toowoomba has beautiful polished interior floors and a two level rear garden on 700m2 of leafy land.

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

Experts estimate it is now worth about $500,000, based on adjacent properties.

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

“Good-sized brick family home in a quiet cul-de-sac, with large living areas,” read the rental advertisement.

‘Fully enclosed garden with large paved outdoor area and single lockable garage with access to the rear garden and additional garden shed for storage.

‘Conveniently located within walking distance of schools, shops and university.’

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

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

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

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

The three properties have all been disclosed in Ms Collins’s entry in the Official Register of Members’ Interests, with the Queensland property under her husband’s entry.

Ms Collins has been the Member of Parliament for Franklin since she was first elected in 2007, but like Mr Albanese, she also grew up in a housing commission house.

Her father died when she was just five months old, leaving her mother a widow at age 19 and living with Mrs. Collins’ grandparents in their public housing.

She was unable to complete her education for financial reasons and did not graduate from high school but was hired as a Labor administrative assistant.

Julie Collins (pictured with Governor General David Hurley) has been an MP for Franklin in Tasmania since 2007, but like Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, she grew up on the Housing Committee

Julie Collins (pictured with Governor General David Hurley) has been an MP for Franklin in Tasmania since 2007, but like Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, she grew up on the Housing Committee

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

She was appointed Minister of Community Services by then Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2010, and later took on a larger role in Kevin Rudd’s short-lived second cabinet in 2013.

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

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