Greens MP and spokesperson for multiculturalism Cate Faehrmann says that the government's dismissive response to the NSW Auditor General's report into settling humanitarian entrants released today shows they do not take their responsibilities seriously when it comes to humanitarian settlement in NSW.
"The response from the government to the report is disappointingly dismissive and doesn't address the serious conclusions of the Auditor General," said Ms Faehrmann.
"This is a fairly damning report from the Auditor General and my own experience backs it up. I've recently visited some Migrant Resource Centres which receive funding from state and federal governments to provide services such as housing and family support.
"What was painfully clear to me is that there simply isn't enough support. Demand for services far outweighs supply.
"People who arrive in NSW under the humanitarian settlement program will become permanent residents. Therefore for every dollar invested in services for newly arrived migrants, we save many down the track in terms of community cohesion, employment and healthier families.
"Boosting funding to Migrant Resource Centres will actually improve the bottom line of the state's budget, with improved outcomes like in health and employment well into the future," said Ms Faehrmann.
The report "Settling Humanitarian Entrants in New South Wales" is available here: here.http://www.audit.nsw.gov.
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