Australians living in public housing will have their rent and utility bills automatically deducted from welfare payments under a federal government plan to reduce homeless.
Draft laws passed through the lower house on Wednesday, however Labor’s human services spokeswoman Linda Burney flagged amendments to be introduced in the Senate.
“Our amendments will ensure that only people who are in arrears and at risk of homelessness can be included in the scheme,” Ms Burney said.
Minister for Social Services Paul Fletcher said the states and territories lose about $30 million nationally because of unpaid social housing.
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