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Deb Foskey’s response, and the comments.

By johnboy 17 June 2005 24

The ACT Greens have put up an illuminating item on the subject of Deb Foskey’s housing situation.

While her defence relies on the euphemism of “market rent” and the unsupported assertion “security of tenure, which is a crucial component of any socially sustainable public housing scheme” what was really interesting to me was the comments section which:

a) Has astronomically less comments than our own stories on the subject, and

b) Is more unequivocally critical of the MLA than the comments on this site (if you exclude the intervention of her media advisor Roland Manderson).

Anyhoo, that’s the best they can do.

Incidentally I went there looking for the statement on the plight of Griffin Centre residents. (c’mon folks, I’m with you on that one).

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bulldog 2:15 pm 22 Jun 05

And getting back to a government subsidised Public Housing system; that’s what we pay taxes isn’ it? I don’t expect the government to try and make money off public housing; that’s not what it’s there for. Furthermore I don’t pay my taxes so we can assist people who don’t need the help; I don;t pay my taxes so the CM can go on junkets.

I (and I think I speak for all of us) pay our taxes so we can take the poor buggers who have nowhere to sleep and put them in a house for the duration of the need.

I don’t give a f*ck what the policy sais; that’s the way it ought to be.

Maelinar, don’t descend to areaman’s level by calling him an idiot. You’re working on a righteous rant, and you’ll catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

That being said I’m sure he’ll work it out for himself shortly before treating himself to an uppercut.

Maelinar 11:26 am 22 Jun 05

BTW Areaman, the Public Housing Program is based from the Public Housing Assistance Policy, so they are intricately linked. Infact, the program wouldn’t exist unless there was a policy.

I get the feeling that this is APS 101 territory so you can’t be a public servant.

Maelinar 11:22 am 22 Jun 05

You just don’t get it do you ?

But then again you never will. But that’s ok, I am appreciating your right to suck oxygen possibly even in the next cubicle to me.

What you aren’t getting is that REGARDLESS of the fact that somebody is paying ‘market rent’, they are OCCUPYING a house that is for a HOMELESS PERSON.

Since she has the MEANS to get out of her situation, she should be provided with full assistance in VACATING THE HOUSE THAT HAS BEEN PROVIDED FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE.

I didn’t see any extra money in the begging tin at Kippax last night either, so I assume the emotion and concern for the underdogs that you are so emphatically following over this blog doesn’t extend to your back pocket.

I won’t bother going into calculations regarding how much the ‘market rent’ is devalued based against the actual resource of a house in Yarralumla, you won’t get it because you’re not listening. Areaman, can I please please become your financial advisor cause you are an idiot and I’d roll you blind.

I posted ‘information’ in response to your call to justify where I was getting my reasoning from. I now put the call to you, back up what you are saying with publicly avaliable information so I can nitpick interpretations in your evidence.

Areaman, I have pointed out that there is a guy in Kippax who could take up the house, Thumper has pointed out a person who could take up the house, how many more people do we need to present to you that are in need of housing before you say ‘enough’ ?

The fact of the matter is simple, the apple has gone rotten, and it’s time to take it out of the barrel before the rest go bad.

simto 8:55 am 22 Jun 05

(and yes, havnig re-read that, I realise that I start by saying “It’s not that simple” and end by saying “it’s mindboggilingly simple”. Which may appear to be inconsistent. Which goes to show I should re-read what I write before I post.

It’s simple, but it’s not as simple as “Bad MLA, flog them”. It’s “bad implementation of policy, flog it”. Playing the man (or woman), not the ball is remarkably popular, and it makes very little sense.

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