Media Releases by The Hon Brendan O'Connor MP

Abbott ignores housing affordability and homeless

Tony Abbott demonstrated his lack of understanding of the real pressures facing Australian families and households with his failure to mention housing affordability or homelessness in his half-hour speech to the National Press Club, Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan… Continue reading

Housing Minister meets happy tenant

A Gillard Government initiative is saving Austins Ferry pensioner Carleen Jacobson almost $3,400 on rent each year. Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor today met Ms Jacobson and toured her home that she rents under the Gillard Government’s $4.5… Continue reading

Australians in New Affordable Homes for Christmas

24 December 2012 Thousands of families across the country are preparing to spend their first Christmas in a new, secure, affordable home built with Gillard Government funding. More than 1,500 families have moved into new social housing homes this year… Continue reading

Nomination time extended for Homelessness Services Awards

Australians will have more time to nominate outstanding services for the second National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards, with the nomination period extended until 1 February 2013. Nominations were due to close on 18 January, but Minister for Housing and Homelessness… Continue reading

New homes for vulnerable people in Red Hill

The Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Brendan O’Connor, and Senator for Queensland, Mark Furner, today welcomed tenants to a new housing development in Red Hill, which received $1.3 million from the Gillard Government. Senator Furner, who opened the development, said… Continue reading

Moving people from the street into homes

A new report released today challenges a common assumption that chronically homeless people choose their way of life and do not want the help of support services. Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor today visited HomeGround in Melbourne to… Continue reading

Significant progress made in helping vulnerable Australians

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor today welcomed new research showing real and substantial progress has been made in helping vulnerable Australians access homelessness services. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Specialist Homelessness Services 2011–12 report found an… Continue reading

Helping turn the tide for victims of Superstorm Sandy

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor today joined Ambassador Kim Beazley at the Australian Embassy in Washington to help raise funds for victims of Superstorm Sandy. Mr O’Connor said Sandy had displaced large numbers of New York, New Jersey… Continue reading

Homelessness, small business on agenda for US

Federal Minister for Housing, Homelessness and Small Business Brendan O’Connor is in the United States this week for a series of meetings and visits with government officials, homelessness services, philanthropic groups and small business start-up companies. Overnight in Washington, Mr… Continue reading

Rapid rehousing helps break the cycle of homelessness

A Rapid Rehousing project launched today will help 180 people secure long-term housing in Penrith, Mount Druitt and Coffs Harbour with the help of a $1 million Gillard Government investment. Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor and the Federal… Continue reading

Grants ballot for new affordable homes in Bendigo

From tomorrow, 28 families participating in a ballot for grants worth more than $38,000 will choose their block of land in Viewpoint Huntly, thanks to the Gillard Government. Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor said up to 100 affordable… Continue reading

New housing opens in Atherton Gardens

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor today officially opened 152 apartments in Fitzroy, built with a $43.3 million investment from the Gillard Government’s Housing Affordability Fund. Mr O’Connor said the new apartments are a significant step forward in the… Continue reading

Ministers agree to ongoing commitment to tackle homelessness

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor today congratulated his State and Territory counterparts for agreeing to an ongoing commitment to work together to tackle homelessness. Ministers at today’s Select Council on Housing and Homelessness meeting in Brisbane agreed, subject… Continue reading

New website to support seniors online

Older Australians now have greater access to training resources and information to help them get online with the Australian Government’s new Broadband for Seniors website. Labor Senator for New South Wales, Senator Doug Cameron, launched the new website at the… Continue reading

ABS figures show a reduction in the number of rough sleepers

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Brendan O’Connor reaffirmed the Gillard Government’s commitment to tackling homelessness following today’s release of the latest data on homelessness by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The overall increase in homelessness between the 2006 and 2011… Continue reading

Father Bob finds new home in South Melbourne

Retired priest and well-known local resident Father Bob Maguire has found a new home next door to his beloved Sts Peter and Paul Church in South Melbourne. Father Bob and his elderly poodle Franklin are among the first tenants in… Continue reading

Helping those who help others in Queensland

Local community organisations in Queensland are among 4,800 across Australia to benefit from the Gillard Government’s $16 million Volunteer Grants 2012 initiative. Minister for Housing and Homeless Brendan O’Connor today visited Mobile Active Recreation and Creative Community Art Space (MARACCAS)… Continue reading