POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS FIGURES HIGHLIGHT TURNBULL GOVERNMENT NEGLECT

17 Oct 2016

The Poverty in Australia 2016 Report by the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) in collaboration with the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW which found that 730,000 children and nearly 3 million Australians live in poverty, highlights the neglect and failure of the Turnbull Government.

POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS FIGURES HIGHLIGHT TURNBULL GOVERNMENT NEGLECT

The Poverty in Australia 2016 Report by the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) in collaboration with the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW which found that 730,000 children and nearly 3 million Australians live in poverty, highlights the neglect and failure of the Turnbull Government.

The figures represent an increase of 2 per cent over the decade, with 17.4 per cent of all Australians now living in poverty.

Homelessness and housing stress are both a symptom and a cause of this entrenched and worsening poverty. Urgent action is required, but the Turnbull Government is too busy trying to legislate its cruel cuts that will make life even worse for children and their families living in poverty.

The Government should commit to funding the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) beyond 2017 and it should work with Labor to deliver reform of negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions.

The Government should also appoint a Minister for Housing and Homelessness and it should fund the Reconnect youth homelessness service beyond June 2017, and re-establish the Prime Minister’s Council on Homelessness.

Since the 2013 election, the Abbott/Turnbull Government has cut $44m a year in capital expenditure on crisis accommodation for women and children fleeing domestic violence and de-funded Homelessness Australia, National Shelter and the Community Housing Federation of Australia, who are the voices of the homeless and disadvantaged

MONDAY, 17 OCTOBER 2016