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Homeless will stay during Comm Games

AAP logoAAP 11/10/2016 Scott Bailey

The Gold Coast's 4000 homeless people won't be moved on during the city's 2018 Commonwealth Games, the event chairman Peter Beattie says.

The 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games came under fire for the Indian government shifting tens of thousands of people away from Games precincts while the Beijing and Rio Olympics also faced similar criticism.

Mr Beattie has been in talks with government departments and says there's a social responsibility to support the homeless, not shift them out of view.

"The last thing we want is to see homeless people moved out," Queensland's former premier said.

"Not only is that an irresponsible thing to do socially, but it would also damage the reputation of the Gold Coast globally."

Mr Beattie insisted he was looking at making charities that assisted the homeless and victims of domestic violence official partners of the Games.

"That's where our focus will be," he said.

"We want to target supporting the homeless and the victims of domestic violence."

Mr Beattie also indicated the move would not only be a moral one for the Gold Coast.

"There is a good business reason to behave in a humanitarian way."

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