Two women who were forced out of their demountable homes by a developer have won a court battle for compensation after a six-year fight.Key points:Developer Tricare bought the residential park in 2011 and issued residents with an eviction noticeTwo women who fought for fair compensation awarded more than $400,000 combinedDecision could have ramifications for an estimated 40,000 residential-park residents in NSWWhen Judy Tucker and Beryl Anderson were told in 2012 by developer TriCare they were to be evicted from the Hastings Point Village in northern NSW, they decided to fight.Between them they had lived at the residential park for 43 years.TriCare bought the park in 2011 with plans to build a retirement village, leaving about 80 residents at risk of homelessness.
The Turnbull government has admitted it issued robo-debt recovery notices to 20,000 welfare recipients who were later found to owe less or even nothing.Documents presented to Parliament by Human Services Minister Alan Tudge showed the use of automated data matching processes by Centrelink and the Department of Human Services resulted in 19,980 debt notices being issued, all of which were either reduced or rescinded.
Together, let’s end homelessnessIf you believe all Australians deserve a safe and secure place to call home, sign your name to demand action from our government for greater investment into social and affordable housing.On any given night 105,0001 Australians – including more than 44,0002 children and young people – don’t have a place to call home.It’s a heart-breaking reality, one that’s unacceptable in a wealthy nation like ours.Not enough is being done to help the growing number of Australians who are struggling to pay the rent and for whom home ownership will never be an option. For over 650,0003 individuals and families on lower incomes, minor changes in their circumstances – a $10 per week rental increase, or an injury that stops them from working – could force them into homelessness.Australia’s severe shortage of affordable homes for low-income individuals and families is a crisis threatening to explode. More than 200,0004 people are currently on social housing waiting lists across the country, and we need our government to commit to a national target of 200,000 new social and affordable housing properties as a real solution to homelessness. There’s no place for inaction – tell our leaders more needs to be done.If you believe all Australians deserve a safe and secure place to call home, sign your name to demand action from our leaders for greater investment into social and affordable housing.
Source: Mission Australia – Act On It
Gabrielle Wallington never has a problem with Northern Territory Police when she goes to a bottle shop, but it is a different story for her Aboriginal partner.Josef Jakamarra Egger is an Aboriginal man who grew up in the Central Desert and teaches high school in Alice Springs, and said he is stopped by police every time he goes to buy alcohol.”In the last three days I’ve been stopped four times by police at the bottle shop,” Mr Egger said.
Just when you thought it was as crazy as it could get discovering that Indue’s contracts alone for the famed Cashless Debit Card Income Management Project exceeds$60 MILLION DOLLARS!OF TAXPAYERS MONEY
Asylum seekers will receive housing, food and other necessities from the Victorian government after the Commonwealth cut off their support.The Andrews government will provide $600,000 for the asylum seekers living in Victoria so they “don’t starve on the streets”.
A United Nations special rapporteur has criticised the Turnbull government’s approach to social protection policy, saying its framing of “welfare” appears designed to prejudice the debate against welfare recipients.Philip Alston also criticised the government’s prohibition on community legal centres using commonwealth funding to lobby for legislative change, saying it has reduced the space for civil society.Alston, UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, made the comments while in Australia to deliver a series of lectures on human rights and social policy.