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Motion: Homelessness

Lee Rhiannon 13 Apr 2018

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (11:50): I, and also on behalf of Senator Cameron, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) according to data from the 2016 Census, the number of homeless Australians has increased by 13.7% since 2011,

(ii) on Census night, more than 116,000 people were experiencing homelessness, and

(iii) the 'Everybody's Home' campaign has brought together 26 of Australia's leading non-government social services providers, community housing providers and homelessness advocates to call on governments to commit to a national action plan to end homelessness that addresses all the drivers of homelessness, including the lack of affordable housing, poverty and family violence; rapidly rehouses people who are homeless and helps them stay there; addresses the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the homeless service system; and includes a commitment to ending homelessness by 2030; and

(b) calls on the Government to provide the national leadership that is necessary, and to work with state and territory governments to develop and implement a national homelessness action plan.

Question agreed to.

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