Today Abigail successfully moved a motion recognising this year's theme for Anti-Poverty Week as 'Pink Hi-Vis Recovery'.
Abigail moved that:
(1) That this House notes that:
(a) 17 to 23 October 2021 is National Anti-Poverty Week, a week that focuses on the need for governments to end poverty in Australia;
(b) in 2021, the NSW Council of Social Service [NCOSS] initiated the Pink Hi-Vis Recovery campaign; and
(c) according to the NCOSS's report, published in October 2021, entitled 'Rebuilding for Women's Economic Security—Investing in Social Housing in NSW':
(i) women were experiencing greater housing insecurity than men prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, and women's housing insecurity has worsened since the onset of the pandemic;
(ii) 61 per cent of job losses since May 2021 have been female jobs;
(iii) in New South Wales, women currently earn, on average, 14.5 per cent less than men, a gap that has remained largely unchanged over the last decade;
(iv) women head 63.5 per cent of single-adult households, but represent just 42.8 per cent of sole property owners;
(v) domestic and family violence is a key contributor to women's poverty experience, and women experiencing domestic and family violence typically experience financial stress, disability, unemployment, poor (physical and mental) health and insecure housing;
(vi) compared to 2014 levels, New South Wales has experienced a decline of 8,897 social housing units across the state;
(vii) there are currently up to 4,812 women across New South Wales either living with a violent partner or experiencing homelessness because of inadequate levels of social housing; and
(viii) to address the endemic shortage in social housing, 5,000 new social housing units need to be built now, which would deliver $4.5 billion in economic output and almost 14,000 jobs.
(2) That this House commends the Pink Hi-Vis Recovery campaign initiated by NCOSS, and calls on the Government to commit to sustainable and long-term funding for social housing construction, affordable housing, specialist domestic and family violence services and specialist homelessness services.
The full transcript can be found in Hansard, here.