MEDIA RELEASE - ANTI-POVERTY WEEK HIGHLIGHTS HOMELESSNESS IN DUNKLEY - 14 OCTOBER 2020

PETA MURPHY MP

MEMBER FOR DUNKLEY

 

ANTI-POVERTY WEEK HIGHLIGHTS HOMELESSNESS IN DUNKLEY

This week is anti-poverty week – an annual event shining a spotlight on poverty to encourage Australians to focus on a solution. This year the campaign will focus on supporting affordable housing to reducing poverty.

There are 600 people experiencing homelessness in Dunkley and a shortfall of 3,000 social housing dwellings.

We know that our community is not immune to homelessness. Sadly, the Morrison Government has ignored this crisis by failing to invest a single extra dollar in social housing in the Budget.

Federal Member for Dunkley Peta Murphy says the way to tackle homelessness is a no brainer.

“Housing Affordability is one of the biggest issues facing Australians, and the COVID-19 crisis has made it even clearer just how important safe and affordable housing is,” Ms Murphy said.

“For months Labor has been calling on the Morrison Government to invest more in social housing. It would provide thousands of jobs, stimulate the economy and put a roof over the head of Australians who desperately need it.”

There are more Australians experiencing homelessness than ever before, particularly among women and children experiencing domestic and family violence, older women, veterans and our First Nations people.

Homelessness in Australia is defined as people sleeping rough, couch surfing, living in a car or other vehicle, or in a single dwelling of extreme overcrowding.

“Labor is calling on the Morrison Government to create work for thousands of tradies in almost every suburb and town across Australia by investing half a billion dollars to fast-track urgent repairs to social housing. This is exactly what Dunkley needs,” Ms Murphy said.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, 14 OCTOBER 2020

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Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.