'Homeless Ban' in Australia

15 March 2017

Proposed amendments to a local law in Melbourne targeting homeless people living on the streets has triggered international human rights concern and questions also being asked of the federal government.

The proposed measures include a ban on camping in Melbourne and the potential for penalties to be imposed on anyone who leaves items unattended in public. The Melbourne City Council initiated 28 days of public consultation on the proposed changes which ends Thursday.

The City of Melbourne has denied any proposed changes to local laws are aimed at banning homelessness.

"The proposed local law does not prohibit rough sleeping. It seeks to regulate camping in public places and the leaving of items unattended in public places".

The council said it had already received 391 submissions during the consultation period and almost 1,000 responses to the public online survey.

In the past two years council figures show that there has been a 74 per cent increase in the number of people sleeping rough in the municipality.

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