Family of 15 are being evicted from their home by Department of Housing
by Gerry Georgatos
November 29th, 2013
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In Western Australia, the high drama of families being tossed on to the streets continues because of the controversial three-strikes-behaviour management policy – another large family about to be evicted. Recently, a family of eleven were evicted from their home of more than five years. This time it is a family of fifteen.
In both instances there are young children; infants and toddlers. The hard line three-strikes rule introduced only 18 months ago has seen a huge rise in evictions – more than double. Aboriginal families are disproportionately hit, but everyone, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, is suffering, and with a significant proportion of those evicted finishing up homeless.
Western Australia has one of the nation’s highest homelessness rates, and it is rising. Western Australia has the nation’s highest eviction rate – WA is fast becoming known as the nation’s backwater. It is the wealthiest jurisdiction in the nation, reaping wealth from a mining boom and the State has the world’s highest median wages but yet of all the nation’s States and Territories, WA appears harshest on the poor, troubled and marginalised.