Housing minister sheds crocodile tears for homeless


Federal Housing Minister, Julie Collins, has described the premature deaths of hundreds of homeless “completely unacceptable”.

The comments from Collins follows a Guardian Australia investigation of 627 homelessness deaths, which found a three-decade life expectancy gap and an average age of death of just 44.

Independent senator David Pocock said the investigation should trigger a doubling of the Housing Australia Future Fund (HAFF) to boost social and affordable housing supply.

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Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. He is also a co-founder of MacroBusiness. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.