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Government caught flat footed on homeless pledge.



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Wed, 8th July 2009

GOVERNMENT CAUGHT FLAT FOOTED ON HOMELESS PLEDGE

Scott Morrison MP

Shadow Minister for Housing and Local Government

The Federal Housing Minister’s inability to get her factional mates in the NSW Labor Government on side

continues to undermine Federal Labor's credibility on their ability to follow through on their fanfare commitments

on homelessness, Shadow Minister for Housing and Local Government, Scott Morrison, said today.

Mr Morrison said Minister Plibersek was admitting her failure to drag her NSW Labor counterparts to the starting

post and to stump up real cash for much-vaunted homelessness services.

He said the Minister’s concession that NSW might be failing to put up new money went a long way to explaining

why the Prime Minister’s pre-Christmas fanfare had resulted in deafening silence for more than six months.

Homeless Australians were now the latest in the community to find warm promises dissolving into a wintery chill

of inaction under this Government, Mr Morrison said.

“The Housing Minister failed to sign up her ALP factional mates in NSW. These reluctant fellow travellers are

leaving homeless people in NSW - facing challenges ranging from mental health, substance abuse or family

breakdown - hanging on Kevin Rudd’s promises but not action, for month after month,” he said.

Meanwhile the Housing Minister’s claim, in response to the Coalition’s debt truck challenge, that Labor had a

“debt exit strategy” was proving just as fictional as NSW Labor funding commitments.

“Their only ‘plan’ to date is Labor's casino forecasts of miracle growth.

“Hoping for a miracle is no way to run a national economy.

“The reality check here is that Rudd Labor is taking us down the very path of NSW Labor - a one-way sprint into

financial disaster.

“Labor’s only response to the current economic circumstances has been a mad spending spree to try and buy

five minutes of economic sunshine with a generation of debt,” Mr Morrison said.