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Stanhope’s office cleared Narrabundah evictions?

By johnboy 20 May 2006 9

Liberal MLA Jacqui Burke has put out a media release claiming that the Chief Minister’s office were approached by Koomarri about plans to get rid of the long stay caravan park.

The Opposition has been informed by several sources that Koomarri contacted the Chief Minister’s Office last year to inform Government that it planned to proceed with a sale and that a senior staff member in that office gave his blessing for the sale to go ahead.

Mrs Burke said it was all well and good for the Chief Minister to establish a taskforce and attempt to blame the former Liberal Government for this situation, but this was somewhat disingenuous if he knew the sale was going to occur.

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Roland GRNS 11:36 am 22 May 06

Shelter launched project called “Housing as a Human Right” about 6 weeks ago. It was supported by ACTCOSS and most of the key Community Orgs in Canberra.

ACT Dept of Justice and Community Safety (JACS) has put out a discussion paper – as well – as part of its review of the ACT Human Rights Act where people can contribute on this issue if they want. email:

Closing date for submissions was last Friday, but don’t let that stop you.

Kerces 11:13 am 22 May 06

I have this idea that our bill of rights doesn’t actually include the right to a roof over our heads. I think I read this on a poster in Deb Foskey’s window while waiting for her the other day. Perhaps Roland would like to enlighten us?

Chris S 9:51 am 22 May 06

Mr Evil, the full speech is worth a close read – it shows quite clearly that Corbell has some unresolved personal conflicts, where his words and actions are in opposition to themselves.

For example, this comes from the most anti-resident, pro-developer Planning Minister the ACT has ever seen (which is why this developer knows that eventually he’ll be able to bulldoze these ‘vans):

“The most valuable part of any society is its people. The extent to which people feel they can contribute to the community depends on how secure and safe they feel within it. We cannot expect people to be able to participate in our community if their ability to physically access their city, to maintain their health and wellbeing and to find safe and affordable accommodation is not ensured and many other needs are not met. Yet Canberra, which once prided itself on the high standard of its services to people, now leaves out and leaves behind those who do not have the financial ability to meet their needs.”


Corbell has become a sad, sick man.

Mr Evil 9:29 am 22 May 06

Chris S, that was obviously a “non-core” promise!

Chris S 9:10 am 22 May 06

When Seven-Storey Simon was elected to the Legislative Assembly, he, as all new members do, gave the (quaintly named) “inaugural speech”.

In it, he said:

“Canberra is changing, but much of this change is not welcomed by those who live here. Unless you wield influence or are wealthy or privileged you will find that the very nature of the Canberra community is being fundamentally changed. The influence of the ideology of economic rationalism is dramatically changing our city. The belief that all must be measured by its monetary value, by what it can be bought or sold for, rather than by what it achieves or contributes, is undermining our sense of society. We are told by governments that we are no longer citizens but consumers, that our place in society is measured only by our ability to buy or sell.”

What prophetic words, Simon!

Thumper 8:16 am 22 May 06

I was interested in the fact the Simon came out with all guns blazing, but then slunk back to the safety of the assembly building when push came to shove.

I still have to ask, where is our much vaulted ‘Bill of Rights’?

Surely if it can be used to make Canberra a terrorist friendly zone, it can be used to ensure these people have a home?

Likewise, Simple Simon and his call in powers. Want a huge building anywhere? No problem. Want to level a caravan park full of residents? No problem, do it….

boomacat 10:43 pm 21 May 06

From several sources – now that sounds reliable. I have it on reliable sources that Bill Stefaniak is fat and that Jacqui Burke looks like a drag queen with a bad crack habit

seepi 5:33 pm 21 May 06

WEll – labour do seem to be backing off. Originally Simon C said he would take decisive action to stop this. Now he’s saying that unfortunately there is nothing he can do(CT – yesterday). and Jon has formed a taskforce – whoopee for that…
I actually think they should take the 6 mill they are going to spend on further reports on the busway, and just buy the thing back.

areaman 1:58 pm 21 May 06

a blind quote about a blind quote… what a load of bullshit.

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