Senate debates

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Questions without Notice


3:02 pm

Photo of Mark ArbibMark Arbib (NSW, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness) Share this | Hansard source

Government cannot do this alone—the whole of the community needs to work together to reduce homelessness. Although we have targets, we are working closely with our partners in the not-for-profit sector and in the corporate sector. This morning I sat down with ANGLICARE. Many of their CEOs are here in Canberra to discuss policy with members of all parties and across both chambers. Organisations like ANGLICARE have done such a fantastic job partnering with govern­ment to better deliver for those who are homeless.

I should mention that tonight I, along with many CEOs, business leaders, community leaders and other politicians will take part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, which is taking place across the country. Already, through this program, Vinnies has raised over $3 million. That money will go to their homelessness services. It will help people on the ground and provide them with attention for urgent needs. I thank all those who have donated to me and I thank all of those who have donated to all the CEOs taking part. It is much-needed funding and a very important cause. I wish good luck to everyone taking part tonight.


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