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I wanted to give you a little bit more detail about that $150m announcement on accomodation for people sleeping rough in Melbourne.
As. mentioned, the funding will extend the current hotel accomodation scheme for 2,000 rough sleepers, which started when the pandemic began in March, until April 2021. Again, in Victoria homeless people were asked to contribute to the cost of that accomodation, while in other states they were not.
The foreign minister, Marise Payne, and defence minister, Linda Reynolds, are in Washington DC today ahead of an Australian-US ministerial consultations (Ausmin) meeting, which will take place on Tuesday (or tomorrow US time).
Payne told the ABC’s AM program that it was important these talks still take place in person.
We have been having very many meetings and discussions through those means in recent months... but I do think Ausmin meetings are different, they are very significant.Continue reading...