Senator FARUQI (New South Wales) (15:48): I, and also on behalf of Senator Cameron, move:
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) the latest census shows that, since 2011, homelessness has risen by 14 per cent,
(ii) the number of people sleeping rough, which is the most visible and extreme form of homelessness, has risen by an alarming 20 per cent since 2011,
(iii) social housing stock is not keeping pace with household growth and, in 2016-17, is down to 4.6 per 100 households – this is one of the lowest rates of social housing stock in OECD countries, and
(iv) as at 30 June 2017, there were 189 400 households awaiting social housing allocation; and
(b) calls on the Federal Government to work with all states and territories to ensure the adequate provision of social housing.
Question agreed to.