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

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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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