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Wednesday, 2 February 1994
Page: 166


Senator TAMBLING —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

    (a)notes the tabling of the Industry Commission's report into public housing;

    (b)acknowledges the Industry Commission recommendations regarding Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) and the Crisis Accommodation Program, which state:

      Housing assistance for people in crisis should be available irrespective of the need for other support services; and should be subject to the rental policies applied to public housing tenants once the income and situation of those in crisis has established;

  and

      The Supported Accommodation Assistance Program and the Crisis Accommodation Program should be combined and come under the control of the SAAP Program Manager. The Manager should have the discretion to allocate funds for capital or recurrent purposes;

    (c)raises concern that crisis accommodation is an area requiring urgent support and that people in need are falling through safety nets and placing unnecessary burdens on inadequately resourced charitable and welfare organisations; and

    (d)urges the Federal Labor Government to give immediate attention to the Industry Commission recommendations on community housing assistance and for people in crisis.