VINNIES CEO JOHN FALZON IS RIGHT – TURNBULL GOVERNMENT IS WILFULLY EXACERBATING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING PROBLEMS

29 Nov 2016

Labor welcomes the contribution made today by St Vincent De Paul CEO John Falzon to the debate on housing and homelessness.

VINNIES CEO JOHN FALZON IS RIGHT – TURNBULL GOVERNMENT IS WILFULLY EXACERBATING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING PROBLEMS

Labor welcomes the contribution made today by St Vincent De Paul CEO John Falzon to the debate on housing and homelessness.

Mr Falzon is right in saying:

“Housing is just as much a human right as education and health. If you do not have a place to call home, it is very hard to look after your health. It is hard to go to school or Tafe or university. If you do not have a safe and appropriate place to call your home it is hard to connect with other people, to feel as if you are part of society.”

Labor agrees that the Turnbull Government is going beyond neglect and is now actively making homelessness and housing affordability worse.

As Mr Falzon put it:

“If it (the Turnbull Government) continues to walk away from the problem, we can only arrive at the scandalous conclusion that homelessness is not just caused by government policy, but rather that homelessness is government policy.”

By rejecting the call last week from NSW Liberal Planning Minister Rob Stokes to reform negative gearing concessions, PM Turnbull and Treasurer Morrison reaffirmed that their policy is indeed to exacerbate the housing affordability crisis.

The Turnbull Government has also failed to guarantee long term funding for already-stretched homelessness service providers under the National Partnership on Homelessness (NPAH).

TUESDAY, 29 NOVEMBER 2016