‘Homeless don’t have that support’

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“So this event is about giving to people who don’t get that support,” Ms Smith said. “I’m no longer a single mum and I’m in a situation where I’m able to help. Let’s make a difference for other people.”

The event comes after MP Chris Hayes spoke to Parliament about the Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill.

“This bill, really, in terms of community housing, applies to about one per cent of the rental base,” he said. “If this government was serious about homelessness, it would certainly be doing something about mental health, which is one of the main triggers and issues of homelessness.

“It would also, particularly as experienced in my own electorate, be doing something about crisis accommodation, particularly for women fleeing domestic violence.

“A Labor government will tackle the holistic aspects of homelessness and ensure that the causes of homelessness and housing insecurity are addressed, not just issues around rental arrears but the underpinning issues so we can help people break these bonds which link them to disadvantage.”

MADELAINE WONG

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