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Mar 31, 2014

Crikey says: remember the homelessness target?

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Remember when Kevin Rudd promised to halve the rate of homelessness in Australia?

That was 2010. On census night 2011 the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 105,237 Australians living on the streets — a 17% increase over the previous five years. There’s no evidence to suggest that number isn’t higher now.

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4 thoughts on “Crikey says: remember the homelessness target?

  1. Electric Lardyland

    Unfortunately with both Rudd and Abbott, we have two politicians highly likely to talk up their own achievements, even if those policy achievements don’t actually exist.

  2. Jill Baird

    I feel strongly that something should be done about homelessness, but the first step is using ACCURATE statistics. Shame on you for quoting this:
    “On census night 2011 the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 105,237 Australians living on the streets”
    The same website YOU quote goes on to mention that only 6% of these are sleeping rough or in improvised accommodation – i.e. on the streets. 

  3. Jaybuoy

    Doesn’t PM Umbut think its a lifestyle choice like homosexuality..

  4. AR

    There is no shortage of bricks & mortar – it is the ludicrous cost that is the problem.
    Everytime the bizpage boosters extoll the virtues of rising houses prices so, because of negative gearing, rents rise.
    The ludicrous claim that N/G for investors provides rental housing (to pay off the mortgage + tax relief – lose/lose/WIN!)is bizarre – if fewer investors snaffled everything with a roof & 4 walls, then prices would not continuously rise, poorer people would be able to buy (for THEMSELVES)and rents would fall.
    But wouldn’t the pips squeak!

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