Jacqui Burke has put out a media release in which she claims the government is moving away from the ridiculous concept of lifetime security of tenure in public housing.
Now that would be an effective way of moving people on.
I certainly think that public disclosure of your assetts isn’t too much to ask in return for accomodating a public supplied house.
Wouldn’t be too hard to do at all…
Smart Harold, but smarter still would be to remove the capping.
just charge 25% of income until they see fit to move.
Heres a thought – rather than charging those who are financially able full market rent, charge them market rent plus 20% (call it an admin fee if need be). That’ll encourage a few of those that can afford it to enter the private market.
Here’s hoping that Deb Foskey is the first one to be kicked out….
Rear View, read the media release, your questions will be answered.
The keyword to look for is financial eligibility.
Your query regarding complete transition is quite pertinent, as we are quickly becoming a society of welfare bludgers being supported by an ever decreasing workforce.
We’ve got farmers who won’t look at controlling erosion or weeds on their properties unless the government pays them money to do it, we’ve got people who are being paid to care for people who aren’t injured.
And yet there’s a homeless guy who sits outside the Kippax mall begging for money, quietly reading his bible (albeit he’s not been there for a while now) aloud for all to hear.
It’s the people who are very good at applying for welfare that we should be targetting, and quite rightly, Jacqui Burke appears to be targetting some of the fattest cats in the ACT.
While it’s small steps, once people get into the swing of obtaining welfare for short periods, they’ll get used to the situation. There will be a slight discomfort period as we pull all the leeches off the ass of society, but as in the case of Deb Foskey, she’s well enough to recover and begin paying market rent in a market house.
The potential for rorting the system with Canberra’s quaint ‘housing for life’ program is enormous – down the street from me lives a dear older lady in ACT government housing (she’s been theer for almost 20 years) whose adult son lived with her while his investment property on the other side of Canberra was paying for itself….
As much as I would like to see a whole bunch of dole bludgers ejected from the public housing system, the question remains where would these individuals go? Forcing them out on to the streets is not an ideal solution for any involved party.
The more pertinent public policy issue that needs to be addressed is how to transition these individuals out of the system entirely. The lifetime of free housing, services and money that has been offered to the (gainfully or not) unemployed in our country for the past 30 years is certainly not going to be incentive enough!
about freakin’ time
You just got my vote Jacqui.
Where is your favourite Thai food in Canberra?