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26    Family and Community Services— Homelessness services

Senator Rhiannon, also on behalf of Senators Cameron, Hinch and Polley, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 620—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that, according to:

                                     (i)       census data, the proportion of renting households in housing stress whose reference person is aged 65 years or over has risen from 31.7% in 1996 to 54.2% in 2016,

                                    (ii)       the 2017 report Older people at risk of homelessness in New South Wales , since 2012, the number of households in housing stress in receipt of Commonwealth Rent Assistance whose reference person is aged 65 years or over has increased by 53.7%, and

                                  (iii)       the Society of St Vincent de Paul, women aged 55 or over make up the fastest growing group of people experiencing homelessness; and

               (b)       calls on the Federal Government to:

                                     (i)       raise real levels of funding for homelessness services and social housing,

                                    (ii)       work with stakeholders to ensure the specific needs of older people are addressed in National Housing and Homelessness Agreement negotiations with states, and

                                  (iii)       review the Commonwealth Assistance with Care and Housing Sub-Programme to ensure it is meeting the needs of Australia’s ageing population.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 30

Senators—

Bartlett

Gallacher

McCarthy

Rhiannon

Bilyk

Griff

McKim

Rice

Cameron

Hanson-Young

Moore

Siewert

Carr

Hinch

O’Neill

Steele-John

Chisholm

Ketter

Patrick

Sterle

Di Natale

Kitching

Polley

Urquhart*

Dodson

Lines

Pratt

Whish-Wilson

Farrell

McAllister

 

 

 

NOES, 24

Senators—

Anning

Cash

Hume

Paterson

Birmingham

Duniam

Leyonhjelm

Payne

Brockman

Fawcett

Macdonald

Reynolds

Burston

Fierravanti-Wells

McGrath

Ryan

Bushby*

Fifield

McKenzie

Scullion

Canavan

Georgiou

O’Sullivan

Smith

* Tellers

Question agreed to.