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McGowan government defends homelessness record after rough sleepers evicted from camp in Fremantle



Western Australia’s government has blamed spiralling debt under the previous administration for its failure to house more vulnerable people.

The McGowan government inherited a public housing waitlist of about 17,000 people upon taking office in 2017.

More than 15,700 are currently on the list — a figure that has increased by almost 2000 over the past 12 months — with concerns about the long-term plan for rough sleepers evicted from a homeless camp in Fremantle.

Housing Minister Peter Tinley concedes more needs to be done but says the Labor government is working hard to reduce the number.

“You don’t get a public house because your life’s going really well,” he told Perth radio 6PR on Monday.

“You get a public house…

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