3636 children under 12 are homeless in NSW. They deserve a dedicated Housing Minister

This week I introduced a motion highlighting the pressing challenges of social housing provision and homelessness in NSW and called for a dedicated Housing Minister. Since 1919 New South Wales has always had a Housing Minister but not under this government.

Some of New South Wales’ longest serving Housing Ministers

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My motion below is trying to encourage the New South Wales Liberal and National Government to appoint a dedicated Housing Minister.

Ms Barham to move—

1. That the House notes that:
(a) every Australian State and Territory Government has a Minister for Housing,
(b) New South Wales Governments of all political persuasions have historically recognised the importance of having a Minister for Housing,

(c) from 1919, when David Robert Hall was the Minister for Housing in the William Holman Government, to 2011, when the Honourable Francesco Terenzini MP was the  Minister for Housing in the Keneally Government, New South Wales has always had a Minister for Housing,

(d) a recent Auditor-General Report highlighted that the New South Wales social housing portfolio only meets approximately 44 per cent of need, with over 55,000 applicants of the social housing waiting list, which may increase to 86,000 by 2016,

(e) 28,191 people are experiencing homelessness in New South Wales, with children under 12 years making up 12.9 per cent of the total number, and

(f) the Productivity Commission in its July 2013 report entitled “Deep and Persistent  Disadvantage in Australia” acknowledged that “almost a quarter of public housing tenants experience deep and persistent social exclusion” and that public housing tenants represent over a fifth of all those who are deeply and persistently disadvantaged.

2. That this House calls upon the Government to immediately appoint a Government member as New South Wales Minister for Housing and Homelessness to address the pressing challenges critical to the health and wellbeing of the people of New South Wales.