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Thursday, 29 May 1997
Page: 3938

To the Honourable President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

We the undersigned respectfully submit that Social Housing is a major social `safety net', crucial for all Australians.

Your petitioners therefore call upon the Senate to maintain a commitment to the buying and building of new housing properties. The new Commonwealth State Housing Agreement must provide the States with monies to buy and build more Public and Community Housing. Dismantling the `safety net' of Social Housing will mean homelessness, overcrowding and the scrapping of public housing redevelopment plans, all of which will impact on the most disadvantaged groups in the Australian society.

Your petitioners support an increase in assistance to low income earners in the private rental market, but not at the expense of Public and Community Housing.

Your petitioners thus urge the Senate to reject current plans in the area of public and community housing.