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Motion: Homelessness Solutions

Lee Rhiannon 9 Aug 2017


Mr President

We give notice that on the next day of sitting we will move -

That the Senate –

  1. Notes that:
    1. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the most recent statistics from 2015-16 show that 275 requests for homelessness assistance were unable to be met each day;
    2. An estimated 1.3 million households are unable to access private market housing or require financial assistance to avoid rental stress;
    3. The use of punitive powers against people sleeping rough costs taxpayers more in the long run than providing long-term accommodation for homeless people; and
  2. Calls on the federal government to work with states and territories to:
    1. Facilitate moves away from punitive approaches to dealing with  homelessness; and
    2. Put increased emphasis in project plans under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness on the provision of safe, stable, long-term accommodation for people experiencing homelessness.

Senator Cameron 

Senator Rhiannon 

Date: 8th August 2017

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