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Our communities are under attack; we see families collapse and people struggling where there is no community support. Women surviving on the streets because anything is better than being forced to live in a place called a ‘crisis accommodation ‘facility’. Men sleeping where they can, because funding streams don’t cater for men in need of support.

If you find yourself forced out of public housing due to violence, you will get even less support because on paper you are ‘housed‘! Agencies are compelled to use the tick a box approach in arranging crisis response because, well, if we don’t record the crisis in the statistics we obviously do not have a crisis.

See the little kids hanging around shopping centres, railway stations panhandling for smokes and some cash; they have already been forced to learn quickly that our services just don’t match the promises.

They learn early how to couch surf, find temporary alliances just to make it through the night. The old couple sleeping in the car don’t count because they fall through the cracks and end up moving benches at night depending on the weather. The single mothers don’t count because they are obviously failed parents and deserve little sympathy. The little ones are just the result of bad social skills and that touch of alcohol or drugs that kids succumb to.

Of course we have foster care, mandated responses. I love that word, mandated. I can roll my tongue around that word all day! ‘Mandated‘, legally required actions to ensure compliance to a system that is ‘mandated’ to bring about world best practice! ‘World Best Practice‘, another word that makes me feel all warm inside. That afterglow of knowing another has fallen through the cracks because we have world’s best practice case management. I love that word.

I could entertain you ad nauseam about a system that fails so many Australians on so many levels, never mind though. You keep sending your money to pay for some interesting project off shore, its tax deductible and may give that rewarding feeling of having made a difference in the life of a person that lives far away, is also suffering (due to a complex history of political failings/failed colonial rule and ongoing commercial exploitation by multi nationals). Never mind, I live in a 1st World Country and have total faith in the competence of my elected representatives to make informed decisions. I know that to be so because I drank the Kool aid years ago and feel oh so much better.


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  1. williambtm

    Many infected government agencies are still retaining their Lib/Nat party imprimatur & their management programs.
    Understand that Australia cannot possibly benefit from the Lib/Nat party era of persecuting minority groups through their faux religious Hillsong
    Schedule during the past 9-plus years.
    That same “Hillsong Pentecostal Beast” had been exposed for what it was, a playground for the highest-ranking Hillsonger deviants to sate
    their evil lustings.
    Brian Houston was the number one of the curmudgeonly confidence tricksters, any wonder how he & Scomo had hit it off together.
    “How much funding will you be seeking for Hillsong for your upcoming year?” Make sure you let me know, Brian?

    He became best known for being Scomo’s touchy-feely mate, “let me place my healing hands on your person. I will heal your pains of adversity.
    We must not rest until Morrison is placed in the slammer, then our government agencies are disinfected from his acolytes.

  2. wam

    When I was young there was a limit to the earning and the top rate was over 90%. By end of pig-iron bob it was down to 70% and now is 45%.
    Sadly, now there are so many methods of reducing taxable income for, the used to be big earners, escape such tax rates and often, like twiggy et al, are so poor they have no taxable income at all.
    It seems these earners and the poor are equal and do not pay levies on their taxable income. With clever no-tax frankers getting tax, someone else has paid?
    But the pollies, you and I, as long as we ignore those who live in the 3rd world sections, live in a 1st world country.
    When will there be more of them than us?

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