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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 106

Question No. 238

Mr Blanchard asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 25 May 1983:

Can the Minister provide an estimate of the number of persons who are homeless in

(a) the capital cities and

(b) non-metropolitan regions in each State by

(i) age group,

(ii) sex,

(iii) marital status and

(iv) occupation.

Dr Blewett —The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

There are no reliable estimates of the number of homeless persons in Australia. Researchers have found, particularly in relation to homeless youth, that rates of homelessness fluctuate markedly from time to time and, currently, there is insufficient data to gauge the nature or extent of those who are homeless. In recognition of this, my Department is considering ways of improving the supply of information about this group.