Rough sleepers reveal domestic violence, lack of permanent housing and being close to services among the reasons they camped in Martin Place’s ‘tent city’

Homeless residents of Sydney’s Martin Place have told the New South Wales premier, Gladys Berejiklian, to “come and talk”, after she said their presence made her “completely uncomfortable”.

Berejiklian said on Tuesday the “tent city” outside the NSW Parliament House – which contains a dozen shelters, a 24-hour community kitchen and an alcohol and drug exclusion zone – had not been constructed “for the right reasons” and should be cleared.

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