The Canberra Times reports that public housing tenants who can get their faces in the paper get to be put up in motels while Housing ACT does its job.
Samantha Scott and her young children were living in squalor, worried they would never escape a cycle of poverty dictated by their surroundings.
Ms Scott’s small, two-bedroom flat was virtually uninhabitable, with pleas for help to Housing ACT falling on deaf ears.
Since The Canberra Times report detailed the family’s plight, the Department of Housing and Community Services has moved them into motel accommodation with an assurance that a suitable home would be found soon.
Housing Minister Ms Burch endorsed the move, saying, ”Those photos [that appeared in The Canberra Times] were distressing to me as they would have been to others. I do not find those conditions acceptable.”
Ms Burch indicated contractor Spotless would be issued with a ”non-conformist contract”.
It’s a hell of a way to run a railroad.