Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt has said that the state government should be doing more to tackle homelessness among Aboriginal people in Western Australia.
Speaking on Noongar Radio’s Breakfast Show, the Minister said the Federal Government already provides significant funding to the states and that they should use it for providing housing and shelter to those who need it most.
“I’m told there is a two year waiting list for public housing in WA, for emergency situations and it’s longer otherwise” said Mr Wyatt.
“Part of the pressure has to be bought to bear on the relevant state ministers because the Commonwealth provides funding” Mr Wyatt told Noongar Radio’s Mark Patrick.
“I would expect where there are Aboriginal people who meet the circumstances of social housing or homelessness, they should be given the opportunity of having shelter because I’m seeing too many (people) on the streets.”