Federal election: Celebrity chef Julie Goodwin denounces ‘national disgrace’

A television cook has spoken of a “national crisis” which he believes no major party is talking about this election.

A prominent Australian celebrity has criticized Australian politicians for ignoring the “national crisis” of homelessness among women.

Television cook Julie Goodwin on Thursday embarrassed Prime Minister Scott Morrison for his failure to protect Australia’s nearly 50,000 homeless women.

Ms Goodwin said many of these women were in “grave danger” and could even lose their lives if the “invisible crisis” continued to be ignored.

“This is a national crisis and should be one of the biggest election problems, but neither party is talking about it,” he said.

“It’s a shame that Scott Morrison has done nothing to help and now wants to cut the amount spent on the homeless by $40 million.”

The MasterChef star spoke up after a recent survey involving several women’s charities revealed a third of women worry they could also face homelessness.

The survey found more than 86 percent of people believe the federal government is not doing enough to provide emergency and long-term housing for homeless women.

“These women are citizens of this country and this country was able to bring them out of despair. The solution is very simple – every woman has the right to permanent residence. Every woman deserves a place to call home. The government has to pay for it,” he said.

“One lost paycheck, one more argument, one more illness and suddenly, the rug is pulled out of your life and you’re staring down the barrel of losing everything.”

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Homeless Australia Chair Jenny Smith said the significant wealth gap between men and women and a rising housing market were the driving forces behind the country’s crisis.

“[The] data shows that women continue to bear the brunt of any crisis, whether it’s a fire, a pandemic, or an economic recession,” said Smith.

According to the Bureau of Statistics and Urban Development, 67 percent of the more than 116,000 people experiencing homelessness in the country are women and girls.

Ms Goodwin supports the Unhoused campaign, which calls for the coalition and the opposition to commit $7.6 billion to permanent housing for women – the amount recommended by the July 2021 Equity Economics “Nowhere to Go” report.

Australians have been urged to show their support for women experiencing homelessness by signing a petition on the Unhoused website.

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