Submission to the Inquiry into the Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill 2010

Our nation continues to tolerate high rates of homelessness among children and young people. Twelve percent of people experiencing homelessness in Australia are children under the age of twelve. Another twenty-one per cent are children and young people aged twelve to eighteen, most of them homeless as well as estranged from their families.

For a country as prosperous as Australia it is a cause of great sadness and consternation for our 40,000 members that we are allowing children and young people to be subjected to structures of social and economic exclusion and inequality