Tenants are staying in state houses for longer, placing more pressure on a long waiting list for public housing. The National Party says the Government needs to review more of their tenancies. But analysis shows that will do little to free up state houses.

The National Party will put an end to a "state house for life" if it gets into power next year.

It partly blames the Coalition Government's halt to most tenancy reviews for the huge increase in the waiting list for public housing - now at more than 13,000 households.

Official reports, however, paint a different

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