Bishop fears ‘catastrophic’ result of Colin Barnett’s remote closures | The Australian

A UNIQUE study of “rough sleepers” in the West Australian tourist centre of Broome has found more than 100 homeless Aborigines in the town, sparking claims Premier Colin Barnett’s plan to close ­remote communities will exacerbate the problem.Return to Country research, by Catholic charity Centacare, backs the claim by the Bishop of Broome, Christopher Saunders, that the town of 16,000 already faces a significant homeless problem. Bishop Saunders said closing remote communities en masse would be “catastrophic” for centres such as Broome and the aboriginal people themselves.The study found that most of Broome’s homeless aboriginal people had drifted in from remote communities. Almost half of the 109 aborigines sleeping rough in the town said they wanted to go home, but 37 per cent said they now considered Broome home.

via Bishop fears ‘catastrophic’ result of Colin Barnett’s remote closures | The Australian.

via Bishop fears ‘catastrophic’ result of Colin Barnett’s remote closures | The Australian.

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