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Housing ACT under the spotlight – Most needy out in the cold.

By johnboy 28 January 2009 43

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has announced the release of its 07/08 reports into public housing nationally.

The public rental housing report allows us to make some interesting comparisons. If we had an opposition good for more than sipping coffee and working on its tan they’d already have mined some nuggets but here’s what leapt out at me (feel free to take a look and share your own thoughts.

On p3 The ACT is listed as having 877 “New applicants on waiting list who have a ‘greatest need'” out of a total waiting list of 1,859, or 47%. NSW by comparison has 2,214 greatest need applicants waiting out of a total list of 49,950 or 4%.

That’s one hell of a difference and most of the other States are in the NSW ballpark.

I wonder how the large number of high income earners sitting pretty in their “security of tenure” govvies sleep at night knowing they’re forcing 877 families in “greatest need” out into the cold?

What’s Your opinion?


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dexi 11:50 am 30 Jan 09

I don’t get a buzz off patches. But thanks for not begrudging me them. They do make me feel better.

Holden Caulfield 11:50 am 30 Jan 09

I’m still trying to work out how you can get Foxtel in Canberra for $10-$20 per month (post #14).

The basic package direct from the source is now $40 per month, and via selectv a quick check of their website seems to indicate a cost of $37.95.

Still its probably less than a lot of ACT Housing tenants would spend on durries each year. 😛

I have no rights beyond what I can afford.

I’d suggest that ‘rights’ and what you can afford are two totally different things. You don’t get housing because it’s a ‘right’, you get it because as a society we have decided we shouldn’t have people living on the street. If society changed its mind, that ‘right’ would simply disappear (as is the case in many other countries).

But hey, enjoy your buzz.

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