Homeless tent city springs up in central Sydney

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP | A homeless man emerges from his tent in Martin Place
SYDNEY (AFP) – A homeless tent city has sprung up outside Australia’s central bank in the heart of Sydney, sparking a war of words over who should deal with it.More than 50 people are camping in the city’s Martin Place, home to high-end office buildings and glitzy stores. While some have accepted offers of help and accommodation elsewhere, others have arrived to take their place.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore blamed the swelling numbers on “decades of gutless inaction” on homelessness from successive New South Wales state governments.

The city council, she said, had no power to remove them, and called on the state government to provide more affordable housing.

“It’s not illegal for people to be homeless — for some people it’s an inevitable consequence of the housing affordability crisis in Sydney,” Moore said in a…

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