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Wednesday, 31 July 2019
Page: 1597

Mr HOWARTH (PetrieAssistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services) (15:16): I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER: Does the member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr HOWARTH: Yes, I do—most grievously.

The SPEAKER: The member may proceed.

Mr HOWARTH: Today in question time the member for Blaxland misrepresented me—as did the ABC about a week ago—in relation to the growth in homelessness versus population. Both claimed I referred to the period from the 2011 census to the 2016 census. That's untrue. I was very clear that over a 15-year period from 2001 to 2016, three levels of homelessness reduced despite a 20 per cent increase in the Australian population.