8/365 - A GOOD CRICKET SCORE BUT A SAD INDICTMENT ON A CONTEMPTUOUS MINISTER FOR HOMELESSNESS
Today marks exactly one year (365 days) since Scott Morrison installed Michael Sukkar as Minister for Homelessness.
In one year, this Minister has said the word ‘homelessness’ publicly on just eight days.
He has spent more days running away from 60 Minutes cameras than he has talking about homeless Australians.
It gets worse. Not only does this Minister barely mention the word ‘homelessness’, in 12 months he has still not met with Homelessness Australia and National Shelter who represent the front-line agencies helping homeless Aussies and working on ways to reduce homelessness.
With more Australians homeless today than ever before, this shows that the Minister doesn’t care about homeless Aussies. But not only that, he’s betting that Australians don’t care enough to hold him to account. He’s treating Australians with contempt.
This Christmas, the biggest group of homeless Australians will be women and children – many fleeing domestic violence. Last year 10,000 were turned away from refuges because there wasn’t a bed.
The fastest growing group of homeless Australians are older women aged 55 and over.
And one in ten people sleeping rough in Sydney on Christmas Eve will be a veteran, someone who was trained and sent off to war and now this Government has forgotten.
If even at Christmas Michael Sukkar doesn’t care about homeless Australians, it’s about time Scott Morrison gave the job to someone else.
WEDNESDAY, 22 DECEMBER 2021
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