‘We shouldn’t leave people behind; we are one of the wealthiest countries in the world and there shouldn’t be people sleeping in doorways,’ he said.
He was commenting on the Australian Greens’ announcement last week of a national strategy to eliminate homelessness by 2020.
With The Leaving No One Behind strategy, the Greens aim at doubling the funding for specialist homelessness services in Australia and providing an emergency package to build an additional 7000 new homes by 2020.
‘There is a lot more homelessness than there used to be and Fremantle is a perfect cross section because it is a wealthy community but there is still increasing homelessness and people are being shunted out of homes,’ Mr Ludlam said. ‘There is no reason why any Australian should be denied the basic human right to shelter but one in 200 of us are.
‘The number of homeless people in Australia grew by 17 per cent between 2006 and 2011 as Australia’s overheated and dysfunctional housing market overwhelmed efforts to reduce homeless- ness.’
Shelter WA and National Shelter have backed the strategy, calling for a multi-party approach.
National Shelter chair Adrian Pisarski said it provided the basis to pursue a multi-party approach.
‘We applaud the promising proposal from the Greens… and we call for the major parties to pick up on that challenge,’ he said.