In the 2017-18 financial year alone, the Berejiklian government spent $43.4m on these emergency and “alternative care arrangements”.
Half the children ending up in this kind of accommodation are Aboriginal children.
“Hotels and motels are no place for children already dealing with being separated from their families,” Shoebridge said.
“Aboriginal children who have been taken from their families bear the brunt of this policy failure,” he said.
“Aboriginal children are 10 times more likely to be taken from their families than their non-Indigenous counterparts. This data shows they are almost 15 times more likely to be placed in motels than non-Aboriginal kids.