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Gender inequality to blame for older women becoming homeless

Media Release
Larissa Waters 12 Oct 2015

Older, single women are the new face of homelessness in Australia, as re-confirmed by reporting of Anglicare's State of The Family report today.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said the trend was a result of gender inequality.

"It's deeply troubling older single women are the new face of homelessness and it's a result of gender inequality," Senator Waters said.  

"Many of these women would have performed the bulk of unpaid caring and domestic work, limiting their workforce participation and ability to accumulate superannuation.  

"Even while at work, on average, they would have been paid less, due to the gender pay gap, which still shamefully sits at 17.9 per cent.

"Most tragically, domestic violence is the biggest cause of homeless across Australia, which we know is a result of attitudes of gender inequality," Senator Waters said.

Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens spokesperson for homelessness, said the Prime Minister should urgently reinstate the $44 million capital fund for new shelters and emergency accommodation that his predecessor cut in 2014.

"Our new Prime Minister participated in the CEO sleepout earlier this year. Now's the time for him to demonstrate that it was more than just a photo op.

"The Australian Greens have a comprehensive plan to address homelessness. We're one of the wealthiest nations in the world, and nobody should be left behind," Senator Ludlam said.

The Greens Homelessness Action Plan can be viewed here:

The Greens Negative Gearing reform package is at



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