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EXCLUSIVE: Documents obtained by Sky News reveal about 2,000 children removed by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services in the past five years have been put up in motels and apartments, rather than with relatives or foster carers.

In one year alone the department spent more than $43 million on alternative care.

It has previously admitted to using the same accommodation to hold parolees.

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge, who said it’s time the system ended, obtained the data under freedom of information laws.

“This is about kids’ lives, kids’ families, being torn apart and then the state providing the worst level of care,” he said.

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