Elderly people need homes where they can play loud rock music. Really loud, because half of my friends are deaf, writes Lynne.
What Australia has done to people seeking asylum is the responsibility of all Australians, writes Lauren Bull. If you don’t exercise your democracy, you’ll lose it. It’s as simple as that. What is happening on Manus right now is the direct result of decades of silent acquiescence, of politicians being emboldened by a public whoMore
A neatly-made bed sits in a sunlit room, empty and waiting for visiting refugees at the house of 72-year-old Jane Keogh.The nun and former school principal has often welcomed desperate people into her home in Downer. Four weeks ago on Manus Island, she visited theirs.
Former Don Dale detainee and centre of an explosive Four Corners report Dylan Voller says he won’t be silenced after being arrested at a protest in Alice Springs.The 20-year-old and his mother Joanne Voller were among eight people apprehended after marching from the local courthouse to protest against youth prisons and Indigenous deaths in custody on Friday afternoon, Northern Territory Police confirmed.
“Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away,” Hugo Award-winning author John Scalzi wrote in a personal blog post over a decade ago. “Being poor is a heater in only one room of the house… Being poor is needing that 35-cent raise… Being poor is six dollars short on the utility bill and no way to close the gap… Being poor is knowing you work as hard as anyone, anywhere.”Economic insecurity is the American nightmare. It kills us earlier, messes up our mental health, saps the life out of us. Since Scalzi’s 2005 post, we’ve learned that more than 60 percent of us can’t afford a $500 emergency – which roughly translates to hoping the toothache goes away. That’s a pretty raw deal in exchange for an economic system that’s also killing the planet. And only rarely can we count on others to help us out. They’re either broke themselves, or profiting from our financial instability.“Being poor,” Scalzi wrote, “is relying on people who don’t give a damn about you.”
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.