Wednesday, 15 March 2017 10:02

Proposed 'homeless ban' would make life harder for people sleeping rough in Melbourne

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton today said the City of Melbourne's proposed changes to outlaw people camping in the city would make life harder for people sleeping rough in Melbourne, many of whom have already experienced discrimination.

"Many people who are homeless have already experienced discrimination," Commissioner Hilton said.

"People may find themselves homeless because of discrimination from employers or accommodation providers.

"The City of Melbourne's proposed changes to the law would make life harder for people sleeping rough in Melbourne.

"Under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, the City of Melbourne, as a public authority, must act compatibly with human rights and ensure its decisions give proper consideration to human rights."

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