Long time no blog ... Typical of the neurotic, self-destructive underclasses, who go into hiding at the first hint of success.
DH has not written a word since being invited by the National Library of Australia to be "archived in perpetuity" for being ... "An important part of the Nation's Documentary Heritage". Insert big Cheshire DH smiley here.
Be careful what you wish for, as the New Agey folk say. As stated somewhere way back in the beginning, DH's ambition for this blog was to be "a footnote in some future academic article on the death of the welfare state", whereas it should have been to sell the film rights to Hollywood and free up a place on the housing waiting list for someone more deserving than herself.
Besides, what is there to write about. Have the Liberals done a single thing for public housing since they got in to government. Halloooooooooooo Prue Goward ... anyone home?
Friday, March 08, 2013
Long time no blog ... Typical of the neurotic, self-destructive underclasses, who go into hiding at the first hint of success.
Posted by DH at 9:51 am
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
But first you have to line up the following dignitaries:
- local Council officers to award a certificate and apologise for the absence of the Mayor
- a respresentative of TAFE to award a statement of attainment
- community workers from local services to facilitate the awards ceremony
- trainee community workers to take notes and look sympathetic
- HNSW staff:
- to take complaints about maintenance on notice and promise to look into it and get back to the tenant
- to hand out leaflets on domestic violence and substance abuse
- to collect evaluation sheets of the event
- to photograph the event for "Your Home"
- a PhD student in search of an original research topic
- someone from the Cancer Council (not sure why)
- the local MLA to "really listen"
Posted by DH at 11:36 am
Friday, June 15, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
You heard me right.
But if you don't understand Spanish:
The people, defeated, will never be united!Just sayin'
More indepth analysis to follow of a Labor budget that cuts single parents' miserable stipend by a further $120, deprives working class pensioners of the overseas holiday they've been scrimping and saving for all their lives, about the pig that wallowed in in the HSU trough while no-one noticed, and then got rewarded by the Federal Presidency of The ALP. And the alternative, Abbott and Hockey doing a Dutch auction on who can be the meanest toughest pensioner mugger on the block.
On the other hand maybe I'll just pull the covers over my head and not bother.
If you're wondering where DH got to. I've evicted her. HNSW won't allow me to sublet my brain for more than three weeks without notifying them.
Posted by DH at 11:59 am
Friday, March 30, 2012
|A rent subsidy printout as|
received by DH in 2006
So apologies for parochialism, anecdotalism, and generally "belly-aching about my case".
But perhaps a case can be made that this update is something of a public service, as it appears to cast light on the state of HNSW current internal administrative ... the correct word would appear to be "woes" - judging by the inputs and outputs observed in that black box known as the regional HQ for DH's neighbourhood.
See preceding post for the first instalment of DH being thwarted in her attempt to pay more rent to HNSW.
Called HNSW again. Was advised that DH's revised rent subsidy application (submitted early Feb) had not been actioned because apparently there has been yet more staff turnover and another new CSO charged with managing DH's property would be starting on Monday. Further, DH was advised not to report a small additional amount of income of the amount of about $250 as it would not be worth the effort, but that it was her choice. While thinking this was great, DH is terrified of being summarily sent an eviction notice, mindful that internal communications within HNSW are not that great, and she has already once had an agreement with one CSO ignored by another, leading to an eviction order, a summons to the CTTT (the dreaded "Tribunal"), and her life on the lawn for a month in a state of extreme stress. (See this blog 2005-6).
So she bargained for her constitutional right to pay more rent if she wanted to*, and it was agreed that she would report all her income at the next six-monthly review, due anytime soon. So you are once again DH's witnesses that this has happened.
|The 2006 rent subsidy|
*Some exaggeration here for humourous purposes nevertheless, the reality is that HNSW's income-based rental subsidy rules are too complicated for efficient rent management. Time and again, interactions with staff show that they are mystified by the rules. Perhaps things have changed since DH reported this rental subsidy bungle in 2006 (as per accompanying illustrations) , but calculating rent for a casualised laborforce must be a nightmare.
For some interesting insights into the dilemmas of rent setting, check out papers from Shelter NSW' recent seminar "What's the rent?" earlier this year.
Posted by DH at 4:18 pm
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
|Extract from submitted document|
On 2nd March DH followed up with a call to HNSW Burwood, to discover if the info had been received. The person on phone duty assured her that the information was received, but that the new manager of DH"s property had not yet gotten around to it.
Now it's nearly April.
Now if a tenant is so much as a week behind on rent, the letters start flying instantaneously .
Not that DH is particularly keen to pay more rent. But she would rather be paying it at the time the money was earned. Given that Newstart is just $235 a week, clearly, the extra money was spent catching up on necessities as soon as it was earned. There's nothing left now. So it would be a shame to fall behind, and find the dreaded eviction notice in the mail, which terrifying bolt from the blue was the reason this blog started in the first place.
It's tempting to start up an online registry of documents lodged by date and HNSW response date as a public service
DH is happy to blame the Liberal Government. Apparently their bright idea of splitting up HNSW between the Department of Family and Community Services and the Department of Finances and Services has proven to be a dog when it comes to efficiencies.
Posted by DH at 3:01 pm
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Precariat of the World arise from your slumbers!
You have nothing to lose but your chains.
Besides, it's nearly lunchtime already, so for gorsakes, get a grip and don't let yourselves go!
So you think you're not chained?
Then what do you call that invisible umbilical cord that ties you to your PC, and is even now pulling you towards seek.com, lest you fail to report to Kafkalink and lose even that $235 a week that you had, you wretches of the earth?
DH finds it hard to claim to be desperate when everything is crumbling around us. As a mostly unpaid member of the Precariat despite a string of degrees, qualifications, references, high level computing skills, and an arguably charming personality to boot, DH can only tighten her belt and be grateful that she still has a roof over her head, unlike so many of her fellow over-qualified middle-aged men and women. And young people fresh out of courses without jobs attached. And immigrants. And all the rest, people who are just unlucky, unnattractive, plain average, or deficient in the requisite sharks teeth, ie most of us..
Here's the latest body blow to the Precariat. Read the The Aussie making a motza from offshoring white-collar jobs and be very afraid. It's no longer just big corporations that are outsourcing our jobs to a grateful third world. Now small business can get in on the act. Those bits and pieces of jobs that DH and her fellow Precarissimos scrape up from the bottom of the shrinking barrel at ever shrinking hourly rates will now decline further.
Now there's a job for the Labour Phoenix arising. How about going out in a blaze of glory by having the courage to change the taxation system that encourages the housing crisis, and do the right thing and have one pension for everyone, with extra on top for those with disabilities. Yes, we know the National Disability Insurance Scheme is coming and will cost. That's good. But the Newstart policy is creating more disability and homelessness as we type. Force those 3 mining louts, Gina Rinehart, Clive Palmer and Twiggy Forrest pay. And let's not forget the Faceless Criminals of the gambling industry. Confiscate their assets and send them packing. Talking about packing, think of the back tax the alltime gross-outs, the Packer family must owe.
Labor has not changed Howard's punitive regime of industrial conscription. Unemployed Australians
- first have to lose their life savings before they can even get on the miserable Newstart of abt $240 a week for a single person.
- can only earn $30 a week before starting to lose 50 cents in the dollar of their pension. What is appalling about this is that it is the same figure as it was 25 years ago, if DH remembers correctly.
- even employers associations are now starting to think this is bad.
Let's hope this isn't an excuse to divide and rule the underclasses by bashing people who live in public housing. Housos do not cause the housing shortage.
Change the unjust laws that positively encourage landlords to get away with highway robbery first!
Posted by DH at 3:32 pm
Monday, December 19, 2011
- [vernacular] Magging over the back fence with your neighbour Mrs Kaphoops
- [bureaucratese, code] We are a government agency and we want to tick boxes saying we have consulted with tenants. We are happy to claim any policy ideas you come up with as our own without acknowledging you or your intellectual property, and we will do our utmost to hose you down if you try to mention the M-word*
* M-word: It-that-must-not-be-named, aka Maintenance. See under: Maintenance, lack of
Posted by DH at 1:21 pm
Sunday, November 27, 2011
DH feels we do not give the filthy rich enough credit for their sacrifices for the common good of our great nation.
Imaging the ethical quandary this family of wealth north shore members of the horsey set endures every week.
|These Royal Ascot worthies have no |
relationship to the Fitznobbs of
our story. They are merely illustrative
of the sacrifices made by the filthy
rich as an example to us all.
But consider how the Fitznobbs must bleed every pay day. Yes, their heart breaks for her situation and they would love to pay her more than $22 an hour, and even the occasional taxi home after a late night's cleaning, to allow her to save for a visit to her family.
But consider what this would do to our economy! My lord, think of the inflationary pressures such a rash precedent might generate!
So they sacrifice themselves and lash themselves to the mast. Every cent is carefully counted out to the half-hour, don't you worry about that. Our economy is safe thanks to the selflessness of our owning classes.
Posted by DH at 11:35 pm
Friday, November 11, 2011
Last year a lovely family with a 3 boys from baby to kinder age moved in. A new special chemistry between them and some of the houso families with little kids of their own. Every day, the street was filled with love and laughter. (Yeah, really!! 'Scuse sentimental tearing up as DH types). Everyone sat on their stoops or the curb till dusk, watching, joining in or chatting as the littlies were taught cricket and other games by a couple of dads.
There hadn't been such joy in the street since about 7 years ago when the earlier cohort of neighbourhood kids finally grew up, went off to Uni or TAFE, or began brilliant careers. Yes, eat your hearts out, "Housos" fans, but our little street of just 8 houses, has already produced 5 Gen Y Uni and TAFE graduates or near-graduates, in Commerce, Arts, Music Management, Medicine, and Librarianship, plus a senior manager in a multinational corporation!
And all those kids gathered outside DH's house where a basket ball hoop was affixed to a wall by a neighbour. For hours on end, every day, year after year, DH delighted in the regular thump, thump, thump of the ball hitting the wall, knowing that it meant the kids were alright, having a safe place to hang out. And they were so nice too, always asking "Are you sure you don't mind us being here?".
But with the new neighbours it was all to end, all too soon. Coming home one afternoon, DH saw removal vans. After just 6 months, the landlord decided he'd sell the place to make a profit, the private tenants were given notice. Being lucky enough to find another place at short notice, they were off.
It was so sad. The street has reverted to its quieter more insular ways, with only one cricketting dad left to lead the team to glory.
Thus do our rotten private tenancy laws destroy communities, on the whim of landlords eager for profit.
And what happened? The landlord changed his mind, the house didn't sell, and no-one will rent it because of the exorbitant rent he wants for this corrugated roofed hothouse. And there it has sat, empty, for the 2nd year in a row, in the middle of our city's housing crisis!
And the moral of this story is, as always:
Broken communities and housing shortages are not caused by houso wastrels wanting a "handout for life". All this is caused by governments who won't stand up to the landlords' lobby, and who will not enact fair tenure laws in the face of small-time investors who are free to prey on the needy."How simplistic of DH!", I hear you say. And no doubt it is, no doubt it is, in this best of all possible free-market worlds.
Posted by DH at 9:12 pm
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Seeeriously: As soon as you start treating any group as if they are fragile, you run the risk of insulting their humanity, their collective capacity for self-reflection and action. Ever met anyone who feels good about being called "vulnerable"?
So if anything,this show may even defuse class struggle by giving downward envy an outlet.
It might get funnier too if we give it a chance. Some of it was funny, like the rap anthem.
If you are thinking of joining a lynch mob tho, just remember the structural problems (don't mention the "C" word*) that cause the family breakdowns, the mental illness, the dislocation, the wasted lives, the addictions, the gambling, etc etc that created us subprime folks. It could happen to you...
Someone should tell SBS they're being ripped of though. With every 3rd word being "fucken", they're only getting 20 minutes of script for every 30 they pay for.
* Not that "C" word, dickheads!. The "Cap#@**$alism word.
For a really classy review of this show, check out the collective wisdom of the Brown Couch's Cultural Studies A-Team
Posted by DH at 6:08 pm
DH's quiet enjoyment of her FB page was shattered by yet another questionaire yesterday.
Fair dinkum, is there no place where the damn sociologists and social workers can't find us???
Loik, there were no weren't no fair dinkum choices neither.
What about some fully sick options loik:
- F%!# off, oi ain't tellin the guvmint nuffink
- F%!# off, oi don't want no trouble
- F%!# off, oi've already done 3 Uni surveys and a Focus group this week, and all oi got in return was a cuppa International Roast and soggy Sao biscuits
Posted by DH at 4:33 pm
Monday, October 24, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
An ex-employee of Spotless during the stimulus tsunami tells DH that Spotless was in chaos at the time, being totally unprepared for the deluge. DH had 3 different very young project managers within a couple of months, each one shocked at the work done by the previous mob. And HNSW wanted to redo her bathroom on inspection, but DH had had enough, would rather live with a bit of shoddiness than have the whole place turned upside down by a new set of contractors and their hurriedly conscripted and untrained rellos ...
OK, enough negativity, but it's been a long time between sprays. And always remember the buck stops with the government of the day. There's a lot of good people in HNSW, doing what they can with the budgets and priorities allocated to them.
And in DH's experience the contractors were all really nice, and many did excellent work. Economists will be arguing forever about whether the stimulus package's "Just do it, never mind the quality" philosophy saved the nation. It's a pity that there wasn't enough time to scope the work properly.
And now, dear Gd, we have a Liberal Government, not noted for their philosophy of mercy towards suspected unproductive swill.
So what's happening with maintenance today?
Budgets are increasingly restricted. What money there is will be diverted to major infrastructure projects, e.g. replacing deteriorating plumbing , sewage, ageing gas lines. Handovers to Community Housing to continue apace of course. The PAS (Property Assessment Surveys) are things of the past. If it ain't an emergency and it's not part of planned maintenance, which will happen who knows when, DH opines that you should not waste your time ringing the HNSW Call Centre 1300 Housing as there is nothing much left in the maintenance kitty.
The terribly nice people there (and it is with pleasure that DH reports that the call centre team has increased in size, and waiting times are down), will tell you the same thing at great and somewhat obscurantist length and then offer to pass your request onto your local office. DH is not saying a word about what is likely to happen then. But, hey, try your luck.
What are the Liberals up to?
Meanwhile the Liberals in their wisdom, or perhaps in their desire to be seen to be different, bold and decisive, have decided to to decisively hack the hell into HNSW and split it between two Departments: Family and Community Services under the pleasant though clearly lightweight Pru Goward, while Assets is moving to the Dept of Finance and Services, under the Minister known as Greg Pearce. This is to happen in October and no-one has the slightest clue how it will play out. Pru Goward's keynote speech at the Shelter Conference may give us some clues. If memory serves, she believes in motherhood, looking after the genuinely weak, and she encourages our (underfunded) NGO's to be really creative and think up something quick because certainly no ideas were forthcoming from her.
How this split into two can possibly be a good idea is anyone's guess. Think of the working parties to delineate the demarcations that are bound to spring up. Think of all the solutions that happen through chance meetings in corridors and by coffee machines that can't happen when the two arms of an organisation are compartmentalised and geographicallly separated. And, of course, the stationary costs...
Posted by DH at 3:58 pm
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Retired NSW Greens Housing Spokesperson to announce ambitious plan to rehouse 7 Million "refugees" in Israel?
|All Hale, Sylvia! Saviour of the Fleet|
Posted by DH at 10:59 am
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
By offering this memoir of her life as political spakfilla in the Dibley Branch of the NSW Labor Party, DH hopes to be right there in the rearguard behind such influential party reformers as John Button, Rodney Cavalier, and John Faulkner.
|Dibley Branch rank and file.|
The good old days when
we still had a quorum.
The above works may give the impression that the ALP consists of Dibley branches all the way down, but such is not the case. DH's branch must take the honours, being generally considered to be, arguably, the very grandaddy of all ALP branches in our great state.
So how did DH's career as a backbrancher, doorknocker and how-to-vote leaflet-thruster begin, and why did she abandon ship?
It's easy to answer the latter. As a houso, DH is already a member of a despised and stigmatised minority. To compound the odium by easy identification as NSW Labor branch memeber is more than any one human being can be expected to bear.
As to how DH decided to join the party: It certainly was not that she was "A True Believer", which she came to see as a rallying call for working-class Catholics devised by middle-class Romantics. Not being either of the above, DH doesn't believe in belief.
It all began when she got the offer of public housing far away from the worst block of flats in the worst street of the silvertail suburb she would have liked to have grown up in. Deposited with DH Junior in the wilds of the Inner West, for the sake of sheer survival, she needed to plug into the local goss toot sweet.
The quickest route to being-in-the-know was obviously to join a party: the Greens, Labor, whatever. Well, not the Liberals. There were still limits in those days, now sadly hard to distinguish.
Her quest for the good oil began with the local ALP. Come the nth Tuesday of the month, donning a fetching red bandanna, she poked her nose around the corner of Dibley Town Hall's Small Meeting Room.
Well, friends, DH found herself gasping. "OMIGODDDDDDDDD!!!! THIS is Australia's major political party??? This round-up of the red-nosed denizens of the Tiddler's Arms? This feeble handful of bearded loons from the local mariner's rest? These hairy ladies? No, sorry, that last was DH spotting her own reflection mirrored in portraits of aldermen gone by. But let's not overlook the party's youth wing: a thug or two in reverse base-ball caps, casing the joint for the possibility fetching up in a safe Labor seat.
And presiding over all, the new Member for Dibley, a smart babe with a bob-cut and saint-like reserves of patience.
"OMiGod", thought DH, "if ever an assemblage was ripe for the picking by a consortium of white-shoed mafiosi and property developers, this it! Why, our major party is seriously at risk of being totally white-anted from within!!!”. Being totally clueless and out of touch with contemporary politics, she did not realise that it had already happened. And so it came to pass that without a moment's hesitation, DH threw to the winds all thoughts of taking the moral high ground by joining the Greens! Her country needed her! She would single-handedly, if needs be, wrest back the ALP for the underprivileged!
Of course, things were not always as they seemed. The bearded loons, on the whole, turned out to be erudite and charming. The young thugs were, to a lad, idealistic children of the middle-classes, and who could begrudge them their romantic fantasies of being working-class heroes? And as for the tipplers, DH diagnosed most of them as self-medicated aspies, trying to get through a life made difficult by too much intelligence married to an insufficiency of social front. As a sometime Asperger's advocate DH is allowed to say such things.
And there was not even any point lying in wait with a rolling-pin for the whiteshoe brigade. They never ventured into Dibley, which was earmarked as a play-pen for the remnants of the Left, a necessary escape hatch that allowed them to dream on.
Fortunately, the branch had only two factions, the Droners, and the Bletherers.
So DH never got to be in the know. If texting hadn't been invented she would have slept through most of the meetings. Interminable hours were taken up debating technological matters that practically no-one present was competent to judge. Who was she (or anyone else lacking an engineering or economics degree), to evaluate the need for a desalination plant, the intricacies of the national electricity grid (or was it market?)... Actually DH does have a part economics degree, but it was only in Political Economy, useless in any practical sense, when you consider it's the same education that Michael Costa and Antony Albanese had.
It was not always thus. Believe it or not, DH is no longer the smart young thing you see cradled in the arms of a raw prawn on your right. No, way back in the seventies, she was already a member of this selfsame branch until rising rents forced her out of the 'hood. Way back then, each branch meeting was stacked to the rafters with ambitious 30 somethings: bristling with barristers, slithering with silks. The halls echoed with economists and tottered under the sheer mass of Trotskyite entryists. The rule-book was used like a football. Pre-meeting strategies were drawn up, lawyers took up positions on the playing field and controlled the meeting by passing points of order to each other at breakneck speed. With such brilliance on display, mere teachers, academics, and public servants rarely managed to get a word in edgewise.
And always there were the queues, those g-ddamn queues, snaking around the corner and upstairs for credentialling: Peter Baldwin's leftie army of gentrifiers jostling against joblots of the right's bully boys rounded up from the local pub, the Branch-Stackers Arms. It was all about saving Dibley from High Rise Developments. Or anyhow that was how it was explained to DH, who being a clueless young stackee, had absolutely no idea what was going on. It all culminated on that infamous night when the meeting room lights suddenly went out, something heavy crashed through a window in a shower of broken glass, and ...
Posted by DH at 9:30 pm
Monday, June 06, 2011
|The Handing Down of the First Draft Tenant Participation |
Framework Consultation Paper
Then sing Hallelujah! For it has come to pass that with the last of the stimulus manna consumed, the heavenly gates of Housing NSW Ashfield have once more reopened for core business.
|The Handing Down of the 2nd, 3rd, |
4th, and nth drafts ad infinitum
And how on earth is this Independent Social Housing Tenants Union to be formed out of the mixed multitude of "those most in need"? DH sees no way forward unless a leader arises from within the tenant body with the energy to unite, motivate and hone us into an effective independent force.
Posted by DH at 11:50 pm
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
DH has only ever received one Valentine's day gift in her sad, unloved life. And that was from Housing NSW in 1996.
Yes, today is the 15th Anniversary of the date she took up residence in the only secure accommodation she has ever known!
That is why, for all their faults, she will adore HNSW forever. They are the best Landlord in NSW!
(And, no, this touching pas-de-deux is not an accurate representation of DH's relationship with the Director-General).
Posted by DH at 1:06 pm
Monday, January 31, 2011
I terminate thee, I terminate thee, I terminate thee
Under the new act, landlords still retain a unilateral right to evict tenants as per classical Sunni Sharia Divorce Law.
What, you may ask, does DH know abt Sharia law? Not much, but she found the subtleties on Wikipedia.
DH thought Western law was considered to be an advance on classical Sharia law, but there you go...
WHAT DO WE WANT?
- "No Grounds Terminations" by landlords terminated
- Compensation for tenants who are terminated because a landlord wishes to speculate on the property, including the cost of removal, and compensation for stress, loss of work time, disruption of children's schooling, loss of accrued social capital (neighbourhood friendships)
- Failing this, at the very least, a right by tenants to "No Grounds Termination" with no more penalty than landlords suffer
- By amendment. ASAP!
- Shut up, Sunshine, and keep packing...
Posted by DH at 9:36 am
The point, however, is to continuously improve it!
Today, 31st Jan 2011, the old Residential Tenancies act will be replaced by the 2010 Act
- regulation of tenant databases (those evil repositories of haphazard misinformation that shafted you the way credit rating databases can, but without half the transparency)
- protection of tenancies in some cases where domestiv violence is an issue
- better protection for tenants in share-housing arrangements
- fee-free’ options for paying rent (can you believe landlords had the option of making you pay to be able to pay your rent.)
- longer notice periods for ‘no-grounds’ termination notices...
which bring us to the bad bits....
Like, how on earth, in a country like Australia, can landlords decide on a whim, to force you to move at any time it suits them??? And yet not so much as pay for your removal costs, not to mention compensation for time lost at work, stress, interruptions to your children's education, loss of social capital (that's "friendly neighbours", but sounds impressive if filing a complaint to anyone who will listen)
For factsheets explaining your rights as a tenant, see www.tenants.org.au. If you run into trouble, contact your local Tenants Advice & Advocacy Service (details also at www.tenants.org.au)
Posted by DH at 9:15 am
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
- free (at least outside business hours and on weekends)
- can afford a plot of golden soil
- earn at least minimum award rate wealth for your toil
- own your own mining conglomerate
That's if you're not an Aboriginal mourning Invasion Day, or one of the 5% of Aussies who can't find toil no matter how often they rewrite their resumes, or how many Cert IV's and Statements of Attainment they achieve
|Of crse, some who rejoice on|
Australia Day are yet to hear
the bad news..
Posted by DH at 1:37 pm
Friday, January 14, 2011
Be happy if you can, but it would seem excessively chirpy for DH to be skipping around wishing a Happy Smiley New Year to the:
- 1,100,000 Australian families in housing stress (ie paying more than 1/3 of gross income on housing)
- 100,000 homeless
- 175,000 on public housing waiting lists
- 49,000 on community housing waiting lists
- 10,000 on Aboriginal housing waiting lists *
Unfortunately you can't reverse 10 years' neglect in one. But Labor has given it a game effort via the National Rental Affordability Scheme, which subsidises developers prepared to offer homes at 20% below market rent.
And they have committed $5.6 billion to the Nation Building Stimulus Plan (Housing) which is expected to deliver 19,600 new homes, of which 10,000 were completed by Xmas 2010.
So a big HAPPY NEW YEAR to the 10,000 lucky ones, and chin up to the rest!
Credit should also go to Housing NSW for turning around on a pinhead, and pushing through the Federal government's stringent and high pressure, use-it-or-lose-it demands. It's been a tough year and you can't entirely blame nimbyism for opposition to construction without time for prior consultation.
* The data refers to all Australia, rounded to the nearest 1,000, cited in Shelter NSW Housing Australia fact sheet. Based on the 2006 census or later depending on availability. Check the link for accurate years.
Posted by DH at 12:21 pm
Friday, November 19, 2010
Or, from pillar of respectability to homeless old harridan in just 6 weeks.
|Try it yourself. Stare for a while|
and this middle-class matron
will turn into a
homeless old harridan
Nice way to treat the nation's mothers! And that's just if you are a mother. If not, you won't even be able to experience the joy of couch-surfing at the kids' place trying not to look like a mother-in-law joke.
* Of course, if you particularly want to be an older unemployed person, DH can certainly recommend an honours degree in sociology. That's exactly how she got where she is today.
Posted by DH at 6:59 pm
Sunday, November 14, 2010
and are still not*!) in place. By way of amelioration, it was a response to John Howard's cutting a couple of $ billion from the then Commonwealth State Housing Agreement which funded public housing, and putting it into the pockets of private landlords via rental assistance, thus increasing inflation, and contributing to the current housing crisis.*
Whatever the exigencies were that created the policy, what was galling was the gutter tactics Tripodi resorted to in order to sell it to the NSW public. He chose to attack the public housing tenants who were under his protection, by the famous claim that the car parks of public housing estates were full of BMW's. This started a trend then trumpeted by every right-wing Housing Minister thereafter: his hapless proteges Cherie Burton and Matt Brown. See The BMW's that ate Public Housing in the SMH for more.
It fell to David Borger, who had a genuine vision for urban regeneration, to begin to undo the shoddy work and it was pleasing to note that the BMW claims have not resurfaced since.
Posted by DH at 10:52 am
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
[Wonder how many low-rent types have been housed since the stimulus and the NRAS (National Housing Affordability Scheme)? While awaiting results, pls allow DH the pleasure of pontificating on national security.]\
Move over Mary McKillop. David Hicks is our First Aussie Martyr.
David, Islamic martyrs are supposed to die for their cause. You're doing Martyrdom Lite, or is it Martyrdom, Aussie style?. Martydom lite's credo: "better read than dead"
DH never thought she'd agree with John Howard on anything, but Hicks is no hero. He chose to learn to kill and go against Australia's national interest. There's a name for people who do that, and it's severely punished by even the most enlightened nations. Hicks paid the price for being a traitor. It's meant to be food for thought for any hot-heads who want to follow in his footsteps. Sadly for him, he was made an example of.
Clearly, DH should stop pontificating on national security without doing more research. Let no-one say she is rigid in her beliefs, for ... as "Himself" points out (in comments below):
This is nonsense. Hicks 'learnt to kill' yes, but only in the context of being a soldier. He never trained as a terrorist. He was involved in a civil war in the Balkans and a civil war in Afghanistan. The Taliban were at this time the defacto government of Afghanistan, not a terrorist organisation in the strict sense. It was only with September 11 that Hicks's association with the Taliban became a point where he could be accused of criminal association, and this preposterously given that the Taliban have never been directly linked to September 11 by anyone.DH is hanging her head in shame, and will leave this post up as an ongoing testament to her folly.
Let DH make one thing perfecty clear, Guantanamo was itself a war crime with many innocents incarcerated, and Bush and his henchmen should be indicted. Terrorists are also war criminals and should be treated the same way.
But DH is sorry for assuming David Hicks was guilty on the basis of lies emanating from the Bush administration.
Just because he was a stupid d*ckhead conspiracy theorist who said vile racist things about Jews, and aided and abetted that enlightened band of proto-feminists, the Taliban, does not justify 5 years in hell. Public contempt and perhaps some Shariah justice would suffice - say a light stoning, cutting off his trigger finger, two years in isolation in a hole in the ground in Beirut, if not a beheading for being unfortunate enough to be an unconverted Anglo straying into the wrong territory.
OK, OK, two wrongs dont make a right... the end.
Posted by DH at 9:35 am
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Mark Weisbrot, the Guardian: By taking
to the streets to defend their pension
rights from regressive cuts,the French
are fighting for all our benefits*
The Marseillaise still says it all (freely translated by DH):
|Que veut cette horde d'esclaves,||What does this horde of toadies,|
|De traîtres, de rois conjurés ?||Of traitors and spinned up political pretenders want?|
|Pour qui ces ignobles entraves,||For whom are these ignoble shackles,|
|Ces fers dès longtemps préparés ? (bis)||These long-prepared fetters? (repeat)|
|Français, pour nous, ah ! quel outrage||Ordinary Aussies, that's who, ah! what outrage|
|Quels transports il doit exciter !||What fury it should arouse!|
|C'est nous qu'on ose méditer||It is we whom they dare plan|
|De rendre à l'antique esclavage !|
To return to ancient slavery!
Posted by DH at 12:30 pm
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Let them eat Cert IV's: recipes for make celebrate Anti-Poverty Week in Glorious Lucky Nation of Australia
It's no wonder that Australia's charities are calling for urgent government subsidies to help Australians struggling with
hunger ... oops... don't mention the "H" word ... that only happens in the USA... In Glorious Lucky Country food insecurity much more reassuring and not frighten horses.
According to Australia's largest hunger relief organisation, Food Bank, an estimated 2 million Australians do not have enough food to eat, while one million children go to school without breakfast, or to bed without dinner! If you find this hard to believe, check it out on ABC News.
Meanwhile, talking about 2 million, a report just released by the Salvos shows that 2 million Australians are living in poverty. Wonder if it's the same 2 million?
No wonder, when Lily-livered Labor has done bugger-all for the 610,000 unemployed and 837,000 underemployed Australian citizens on Newstart, John Howard's miserable Oldidea for plenty of stick and never you mind the carrot.
The Newstart benefit for a married couple with two children is $97.00 per week below the poverty line, whilst for a single person it's $118.00 per week below. That's just $235 a week, and maybe $50 rent assistance, folks.
But if the remnants of the Labor Left get any wet, wimpy, big-hearted ideas, Tony Abbott just has to start pounding his hairy simian chest: "Bom Bom Bom, A Great Big Tax", and Labor goes all limp at the knees.
The best response Mary-Antoinette Macklin's Ministry for Social Inclusion seems able to come up with is "Let them eat Cert IVs". Just what we need: Mickey Mouse training courses for non-existent jobs.
Maybe someone should tell Mary-Antoinette that there are 4 people looking for every job available.
Posted by DH at 3:13 pm
Saturday, October 09, 2010
|Winners are grinners while homeless |
queues grow. Pic lifted from
Oy!?!! What about his other portfolios: housing, homelessness, aboriginal employment and community development? Don't these rate anymore?
What does it mean that the Ministry of Housing under the Left's Tanya Plibersek has been subsumed back into Jenny Macklin's FAHCSIA, while the Right's Mark Arbib takes up the rump: social housing? Should we start worrying? Having proved successful in chopping off the fingers of any asylum seekers still clinging to lifeboats, is the current management of Fortress Australia now turning its attention to casting adrift its own underclass?
Lizards, they say, cast off their own tails to save their skins when pursued by predators. Is Australia, pursued by the predatory practices of globalisation throwing off its own underclasses? Has trying to house the masses proved to be too difficult?
DH has not been able to unearth a single pronouncement yet by Mark Arbib about the direction of Social Housing.
Tanya Plibersek meanwhile has given birth to baby Louis, and will be out of action for 3 weeks before resuming her roles as Minister for Human Services (eg Centrelink) and Social Inclusion. Can hardly wait to ask Tanya how people paid just $235 a week unemployment benefits are going to be "included" in anything when they can't even get out of the house. Tanya, people on unemployment benefits are effectively under financial house arrest, which is what happens when you spend everything on rent, flour, sugar, tea and utilities in the first week and run out of money for a bus fare (which NSW doesn't even subsidise for unemployed people).
Senator Arbib, has Federal Labor downgraded social housing and Aboriginal employment by putting them below sport in your list of portfolios? Can we relax and assume the housing crisis is over, and should the homeless be content with bread and circuses?
Posted by DH at 11:35 am
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Dear Scott Morrison,
Thank you for sending me your newsletter and request for feedback. As I consider you to be one of the more balanced members of the Liberal Party, I am pleased to give you a response.
Let me say that I was very disappointed by the Liberal Party's election tactics. In fairness though it was the Australian public who shocked me for responding so strongly to the negative campaign run by Tony Abbott.
From my perspective, the campaign pandered to the most ignorant and resentful members of the public. It lacked all substance, with figures in billions of $$$ plucked out of thin air, and a mish-mash of back-to-the-future and wild-leaps-into-the-unknown policies, chopped and changed to suit the moment.
I am now appalled to find that the Liberal Pary has switched from the nonsensical enough idea of being "kind and gentle" to an all out determination to destabilise the Australian government. We need an effective opposition to raise important, well-researched questions on the feasibility of the NBN, on a continuation of efforts to create affordable public and private housing. We need a serious debate about sustainable population growth and humane treatment of asylum seekers. We need to make up our minds whether people on welfare benefits should be at least lifted to the poverty line, or whether we should jettison them into a new caste of untouchables. And as a former Home Sustainability Assessor (unemployed), I am keen to see that an effective opposition keeps tabs on Labor's management of ambitious projects.
Instead, what we are hearing from people like Messrs Abbott, Hockey and Pine, is a barrage of sledging, wrecking and personal attacks reminiscent of the tactics of the mean girls at my high school.
I hope you will be a force for an Opposition committed to the long-term good of the nation rather than a short-term grab for power at any price.
Posted by DH at 12:45 pm
Monday, September 13, 2010
|Trust me on this. A housing |
offer you can't refuse.
Posted by DH at 1:36 pm