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WA Government playing catch-up on housing

The WA Government needs to seriously invest in Indigenous housing, to address inadequate funding in the past by both State and Federal Governments, said the Australian Greens today.

"Both State and Federal governments need to play catch-up fast by investing the funding required to replace or upgrade homes in Indigenous communities," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

A recent WA government audit found that $540 million needs to be spent renovating nearly 2,500 homes in Indigenous communities in Western Australia.

"If we are to close the gap on Indigenous health we need to tackle not only the crucial social issues such as housing but also ensure essential services are provided to these remote communities," said Senator Siewert.

"The cost of providing or restoring these essential services should not be seen as part of the cost of fixing Indigenous housing - every West Australian has the right to basic essential services regardless of where they live."

"This is an equity issue that requires proper investment and development," she said.

"Housing is a fundamental building block in closing the gap. Both State and Federal Governments need to be serious about fixing Indigenous housing and act appropriately to address this unfair situation," concluded Senator Siewert.

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