The Greens say the Coalition are showing a lack of commitment to fighting homelessness, and are calling on the federal government to introduce specific targets to tackle the problem.
Australian Greens housing spokesperson Senator Mehreen Faruqi moved a motion in the Senate last Thursday to develop a national homelessness plan, with the motion passed despite opposition from the Coalition and Katter’s Australian Party.
Faruqi said they had “called out” the government’s lack of commitment to a national scheme to end homelessness, which is supported by homelessness advocacy groups.
“The homelessness services sector has been crying out for national leadership on this issue and it is really disappointing that the Coalition government continue to shirk their responsibilities and have voted against this motion,” Faruqi said.
“People are sleeping rough with no roof over their head and no bed to sleep in. We need urgent action at all levels of government.”
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Source: Pro Bono Australia