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Every MP should be ashamed. I know I am

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Homelessness has reached crisis point in NSW and the fault lies with all members of the state's Parliament, me included. We have failed to prioritise the needs and safety of the 38,000 people who are homeless in NSW, and as a result homelessness has increased at twice the national rate since 2011.

The Premier’s announcement this week of bold targets to halve homelessness by 2025 will kickstart urgent action, but we also need bold plans and systemic change.

Homeless man Lanz Priestly in the Martin Place encampment. Credit:Wolter Peeters

Over the past few years, we have seen confronting images of people sleeping rough in inner city hotspots, from the Martin Place tent city to the Queen Victoria Building. We've heard calls to dismantle these camps and move them on.

But the people of NSW have a right to ask how so many people can fall through the cracks in the country’s largest economy and global city. The reason people are homeless is simple: NSW does not have enough safe and affordable homes for them. There are 60,000 families on the public housing waiting........

© The Sydney Morning Herald