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28    Family and Community Services— Homelessness

Senator Rhiannon, also on behalf of Senator Cameron, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 404—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the most recent statistics from 2015-16 show that 275 requests for homelessness assistance were unable to be met each day,

                                    (ii)       an estimated 1.3 million households are unable to access private market housing or require financial assistance to avoid rental stress, and

                                  (iii)       the use of punitive powers against people sleeping rough costs taxpayers more in the long-run than providing long-term accommodation for homeless people; and

               (b)       calls on the Federal Government to work with states and territories to:

                                     (i)       facilitate moves away from punitive approaches to dealing with homelessness, and

                                    (ii)       put increased emphasis in project plans under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness on the provision of safe, stable, long-term accommodation for people experiencing homelessness.

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, 37

Senators—

Brown

Griff

Marshall

Roberts

Burston

Hanson

McCarthy

Siewert

Cameron

Hanson-Young

McKim

Singh

Chisholm

Hinch

Moore

Sterle

Collins

Kakoschke-Moore

O’Neill

Urquhart*

Di Natale

Ketter

Polley

Watt

Farrell

Kitching

Pratt

Whish-Wilson

Gallacher

Lambie

Rhiannon

Wong

Gallagher

Lines

Rice

Xenophon

Georgiou

 

 

 

NOES, 24

Senators—

Bernardi

Fifield

Nash

Ruston

Birmingham

Hume

O’Sullivan

Scullion

Bushby*

Leyonhjelm

Parry

Seselja

Cash

Macdonald

Paterson

Sinodinos

Duniam

McGrath

Payne

Smith

Fawcett

McKenzie

Reynolds

Williams

* Tellers

Question agreed to.