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A Rock of Charity in an Ocean of deceit

We don’t often have anything good to say about ANY of the corporatised “charities” – especially the majors. It is widely known among the sector how and why their aims of monetising the marginalised has earned them our eternal scorn and contempt. We are more than ready and able to throw shit where it sticks and in doing so, it may be seen to reflect badly on some operators within the sector who have long been stalwart unsung heroes of the marginalised in Sydney. There are some committed people and groups within even the most monetised of the Marginalisation Sector NGO Industry and we’d like to thank one of the genuine, make it up as you go along, old school operations who have spent more days and nights providing essential services to Sydney ‘s homeless and marginalised community than the average low income family living indoors have had nourishing hot dinners in the Howard-Rudd_Gillard era. On the First Sunday evening of every month for many years now an old Nissan Urvan in Salvation Army livery with a distinctive yellow roadworks light appears outside Nicks in Woollo, then later at Martin Place and later at the railway station,sometimes even at Belmore Park. This van, staffed and supported entirely on the resources its small team manage to bring together, provides the only freely available eyesight tests-oh yes-and glasses available on the Streets. This is old school Salvos,a regrettably rare relic from bygone times when The Salvation Army were a genuine charity, not a thinly disguised business masquerading as a Not-for-Profit. This small group are from the era when Churches prayed,not prey as they do today. Over the years countless homeless,many who had long ago resigned themselves to never enjoying a good read ever again,due to government (and government funded) services being a quantum leap short of the abyss width between the rhetoric and hyperbole of government / NGO hyperbole -compared with the crushing demeaning reality of meanspirited minimalist delivery, have been quickly given a new lease of sight by this apparently cavalier but deeply committed crew of genuine stalwarts. Stalwarts whose good work is consistently being diminished by the money first antics of their associated Job Network and  parasitic family destroying Oasis divisions. Are this small band who do so much for the homeless community the last genuine Salvos?? We hope not. Now, we spend a lot of time telling people NOT to give to the poverty industry-but next time you’re approached by a Salvo check his nametag.If it says Major Hilton Harmer, open your heart,open your mind and empty your wallet.The man quietly does what all the spin & rhetoric makers can only hope to do -without the millions of your tax dollars squandered annually by the pariah poverty industry.Your money goes where its needed. To Major Harmer and his merry band of volunteers merry christmas,from a grateful SydneyHomeless community .

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reviewing Sydney Homeless Connect

My abiding impression is that they weren’t giving out houses – or smokes!! Both are big priorities for homeless people.

Did anyone attending look at the ceiling, and the amount of covert surveillance equipment installed? I didn’t notice any of that when I attended Chicka Dixons Funeral a while ago.Surely it wasn’t a covert information gathering exercise ?

The homeless people attending were in by and large the identified homeless- those who already regularly use the existing services.

Conspicuously absent were the homeless Asian communities, many of whom are known to be homeless and unemployed in the CBD. Between leaving SHC Town Hall and blogging I went and asked some why. Embarassment, and a lack of communication skills were some of the pro-offered reasons from the Vietnamese and Khmer communities.For the Chinese and Koreans the issue was “there is nothing we can do for them,so we can’t accept help from them.”

The events timing meant that the working homeless, a good few of whom work just across the road at Woolworths were also unable to attend due,obviously,to work commitments.

On the subject of cultural diversity,or a lack thereof, there seemed a disproportionate number of Polynesian people in evidence, many of whom are well known.Some discussion was heard of a proposal to work on Maori based initiatives for the Maori community in Sydney. If this cause resonates with you or your organisation, please contact this blog as we are able to pass on details.Dis-connection is a recurring symptom of the reasons leading to homelessness.

Of the organisations present we readily acknowledge the good work done by Lou’s Place (Womens Shelter), their table neighbours Big Issue, which have put more than $10million into the pockets of Australian homeless on the very admirable “a hand up,not a handout basis”.

New kid on the Sydney City homelessness block Neami were well and professionally represented. I spoke with their very passionate and committed homelessness co-ordinator, who didn’t just wake up one day and decide to run a homelessness service. Constrained by their contractual obligations and available resources, Neami have the job ahead of them convincing the Street that they are relevant capable and/or even interested- a legacy of the empty promises by a kaleidoscope of prior NGOs whose self interest was at the fore of their relationship with street people. They are off to a fair start having hired a couple of ex street people as staff and the street jury is still very much out on what, and at what value they can deliver.

The City of Sydney under Mayor Clover Moore has been more “homeless friendly”, than the previous Sartor / Turnbull administrations. I would like to see City of Sydney (and councils nationwide) take on more responsibility for the provision of social housing in their respective areas-in fact I’d like to see social housing via government managed as a partnership between Federal and State Government,without NGOs,without State Government. While acknowledging City of Sydneys current role,responsibility to ratepayers et al, it would be nice for our homeless community to be recognised as residents and given resident rated access to some of the council facilities, such as Cook & Phillip Park, which has conveniently located showers for many.

I will also mention The Footpath Library and Clothesline as providing useful non-housing services. Jesus Cares people were seen and are acknowledged for their longtime commitment to providing nourishment from their foodvan services, totally unfunded by government or without any major sponsorship.I’m unsure if they were an official participant or not. Anyone looking to donate to any of these can be assured their donation is not squandered on admin, r&d and consultants -which is more than can be said for the rest of the participants thus far unmentioned.

As far as I can tell,the rest of the participants are mainly about attaching their organisational siphon to the Fed and State government tanks, brimming with over six billion dollars – which they undoubtedly intend to take in the name of providing homelessness services.

I did not see one organisation there with the immediate capability to provide affordable (or any) houses. And affordable, appropriately located configured and leased housing is the only solution to a housing crisis. Other services, some of which homeless people undoubtedly need,should not be considered as part of “the homelessness problem.” Its a lot like a dentist wanting to cure your toothache as part of your financial restructuring process-you do need your teeth done,but the issue is financial . Supported Assistance is not an agreeable option for all. Not many appreciate the invasiveness of the SAAP model. Not that it shouldn’t be offered-but not as part of a housing program. Critically, SAAP should not be the only choice available to homeless people as an entry level option.

I remind all that the solution to an affordable housing shortage is sustainable incomes replacing wageslavery and ummm.. more appropriate affordable housing where people want to live. One cannot solve a housing crisis with massages and toothbrushes.There are some alternatives to housing (such as mobile home ownership) which are cheaper to fund and will suit some people with highly mobile work or lifestyle needs. But SAAP or other supported accommodation is an expensive way of funding the same failed parasites who have bludged in our name for decades.

Overall, a great opportunity for opportunists to massage the wallets of potential donors in the leadup to the end of the financial year. A wonderful opportunity for the poverty industry to indulge in some ego massage. Neami get to meet their target clientele. A large number of homeless get a free feed and lots of free stuff.But its not really free,is it? Somewhere someone has had to pay for it all, and the person who has the least say in spending, pays the most.That person is you-the taxpayer.

Happy 16th birthday JEF

Happy Birthday Just Enough Faith since 24th July 1993

Happy Birthday Just Enough Faith since 24th July 1993

24th July Happy Birthday Just Enough Faith

24th July Happy Birthday Just Enough Faith

The Sydney Homeless and Marginalised Communities wish Just Enough Faith “Many Happy Returns” on the 24th July. Just Enough Faith ,born in the Chinese Year of the Rooster, the many among us who know Just Enough Faith will recognise the many Rooster traits taken on by the organisation.The Rooster characterics are in fact what set JEF apart from its lesser counterparts, always striving to do better. Teams of dedicated suppliers volunteers and helpers forever thinking, how can we make things better- for Sydneys marginalised people and communities.Sheer single minded determination is what made Just Enough Faith -the charity which time and time again raised the bar defining normal marginalised services.

 As Just Enough Faith reaches her 16th birthday, like many teens there are changes brought on by new challenges. These challenges are disguised opportunities to become an even better independent delivery focussed resource…. regardless of the intentions of others.

 The Sydney Homeless community honour Just Enough Faith, the Gambins who founded it and put so much of their own time energy skills and resources into it, and the many dedicated volunteers and supporters who made it all work. What an achievement, happy 16th!!! And may there be many more.

 A small celebration at the foodvan 24th….

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ROOSTERsymgld1993 Year of the Rooster

Roosters are the most eccentric of the Chinese zodiac. They are full of dreams and romantic ideroosterias. They are colorful and attractive, radiant and dashing, and they are quite proud of themselves. Roosters are organized, precise,and their sharp eyes seek out fine details in everything. They are perfectionists and leave no room for human error. To Roosters, a difficult task is a challenge. They dearly love controversies. Roosters express themselves very well both in writing and speech. They are knowledgeable in most subjects you wish to discuss. When you challenge them you must be prepared for a long fight. Their stamina is amazing and they win their point at all costs.

Roosters can be blunt and brutal. Their direct approach to life makes them poor diplomats. They speak their minds with little regard for the feelings of others.Why should others be upset? Roosters are right, aren’t they?

Roosters are good at handling money and their self-control with keeping budgets is phenomenal. They are not miserly, and in fact, they can be extremely generous and giving. If you have trouble, Roosters quickly straighten you out .  Roosters are careful with their time and plan things well. Roosters are sincere in their desire to help and no one can carry out important tasks like them. Just be certain your orders are explicit and don’t expect them to improvise for you on their own time.

Roosters are ambitious and they reach for the sky. They have a deep passion for their chosen fields, and they are very creative. They usually start out young in life and enjoy success early in their careers. They are meticulous and competent enough to make things work. When they set out to accomplish something, they leave no stone unturned. They probe deeply with their inquisitive, busy minds. They never remain still. Roosters must learn that some things take time. No matter how competent they are, they can’t reprogram the whole world to fit their schedules! They achieve the most amazing things often becoming eccentric over the final details.

Never underestimate Roosters. They are optimistic and dauntless. They never change their course of action even if the world thinks they are wrong! They are so determined to make some of their wild and idealistic plans work that their plans often do work. With their many splendid talents and eccentric ways, Roosters hit it big!

Gambins good news….& Weekly Update

Gambin good news…and weekly update…and proof of Teles misreporting

The good news is that the Gambins now have no further legal issues going forward.The traffic offence type tax misdemeanour resulted in a judgement involving payment of $119 in court costs-NOT $22000 restitution as falsified by the Tele. 

 The beginning of the end is nigh for the anticipated benefactors of the  orchestrated litany of lies conspiratorially concocted by John Oliver and his underlings, brewed by the media and cooked by Exodus in collaboration with NSW Govts OLGR. Well peepz, we can now report that their resulting concoction is an inedible goulash-similar to some of the main meals recently served up. It may well pain those greedy parties who thought that they would become the prime benefactors following their engineered demise of Just Enough Faith- but its time for you all to suck it and see!!

Homeless Services Leaders Jef and Alina Gambin

Homeless Services Leaders Jef and Alina Gambin

Contrary to false mainstream media reports in the Tele, which we attribute to a one eyed apology for a journo who happens to be a neighbour to one of the conspirators and Tele employee, Jef and Alina DID NOT have to pay $22000 in Taxes- heres a letter from their lawyer stating as much- http://jefvolunteers.org/sol_email.html  (suck it & see)_posted on the JEF Volunteer website, which explains the full outcome of Jef and Alinas case. There are severe penalties,including disbarment, for lawyers knowingly making false statements, and in any case, why would their lawyer lie?

 You will note by comparison of the outcome of these proceedings as related by Jade Lawyers, with the mainstream media stories, that they may well be discussing two completely different cases. The mainstream media published fabrications are clearly an unrestrained personal attack on Jef Gambin and vindictive attempt to excorcise the demon that Just Enough Faith had become for pseudo-charities and an incompetent State Government- carried out as a pack of unchecked, unrestrained dogs. The presiding magistrates ruling and recognition of the inadvertent misdemeanour nature of the “offence” relating to tax, and the lawyers statement as to a lack of further proceedings, is clearly at odds with the media beatup. Clearly, News Ltd drove the media coverage and it seems ay well be called to answer for what have now been confirmed as their indiscretions. As, we hope, should other parties to this despicable conspiracy.

John Oliver has put his name to the unlawful removal of certain documents from JEF offices. Exodus and the OLGR e their so far unpublished MOU, and undoubtedly an unwritten agenda. Exodus thought they were going to get Jef assets, which were donated to a non faith based charity, not a church- for the provision of services to SYDNEY HOMELESS, not Ashfield or even Lilyfield (although they are welcome at JEFs corner. We understand that Jef Gambin

Just Enough Faith ....Perfectly Simple and Effective

Just Enough Faith ....Perfectly Simple and Effective

thought as much of Olivers grand plan for JEF, as luckless investors now think of his Babcock & Brown. Jef being Jef, he would have told him so. Apparently Oliver has issues with all kinds of rejection- we’re told its treatable.

  Micro businessman Alan Byrne has also proudly pinned his name to his own little treacheries- his is understood to be the sole allegation of financial misconduct upon which the OLGR is acting…based on published information. An FOI request would soon reveal precisely what complaints or perhaps requests, OLGR may be acting on. 

   In sifting through the carnage created by the malicious, there are some worrisome features. On the basis of the information which we have,we are unable to fathom where and how the OLGR have legitimacy to place JEF in administration- unless there is further information available to lawyer for parties to the issue, which we are not privy to.Clearly, two of the most respected minds in the legal profession concurred that there ARE GROUNDS-and we must respect their view. Our legals, who are not parties, cannot fathom what the information we are missing may be! As we continue to sift and attempt to find answers, we have found some references by public commentators to issues and facts not widely known. In the days of clay drainage pipes,drainers would pump smoke through newly completed pipeworks, smoke would rise from all flawed pipes and joins.We are about to conduct our own version of smoke testing, and hope to have conclusive evidence to share sooner rather than later.

However legitimate the siezure of JEF by OLGR may be, it is equally clear that the administrator has virtually from the outset, acted in contravention of his mandate.The OLGRs maestro of administration incompetence in his inimitably duplicitous way, has put about that “the Jef Vans are only on loan to Exodus.Exodus obviously don’t think so,they immediately set about wrecking the carefully thought out food service system in JEFS main foodvan, and substituted it with the yellow monstrosity at a reportedly outrageous rental, reportedly from a friend of someone in the Exodus office(nice, legal rort).Certainly NOT the actions of a recipient of loaner vehicles. In addition, we believe that the high priest of administrative incompetence hired in a “technician” who stuffed the coolroom, providing a pretext to legitimise the transfer of all frozen/refrigerated foodstocks, of which we understand much was dumped by Exodus.

In short,our strongest advice to volunteers, JEF people and anyone else associated with Just Enough Faith approached by the administrator is that any and all instructions/orders/ made by him should be in writing- and then check with lawyers to assess their legitimacy. If you don’t have legal advice available,we do.Verbal instructions,suggestions and orders have as much legal standing as the wind entering his mouth and blowing his tongue around,are little more than verbal diahhorea and should be treated with the scorn which they so richly deserve.

 So you thought JEF and the Gambins were gone for all money??? Wrong bet!!! This is merely a further opportunity to develop a leaner,cleaner organisation, with an even greater focus on exemplary service delivery to the Sydney Homeless and Marginalised community.

 And all you pseudo charities and govt departments who “legitimately” milk revenues in the name of marginalised communities, while feathering your organisational self interest, SydneyHomeless suggest that you watch out for the runaway freight train we are driving- hell bent on ensuring that we maximise returns to marginalised communities from EVERY DOLLAR VALUE donated…..by whatever means necessary.

News on Jef Gambin

News on Jef Gambin

Our information regarding the status of Mr Jef Gambins legal matters and those of Alina Gambin are somewhat different to those borderline defamatory comments published by the Murdoch Media Sunday. Our source, who claims to have attended the actual hearing, swears on a stack of Books of Mormon that Mrs Gambin had her matters withdrawn and Jef had a misdemeanour sized fine of < $150…and no conviction recorded.

  A further witness who spoke to us shed some light on probable cause for the local Murdoch Media Rag to mount such a prolonged and vicious personal attack on Jef Gambin. Turns out that the journalist responsible for these articles is known to the sole complainant to the OLGR.This source,who was able to provide full and correct details of the complainant, his business dealings, his history and reputation and a claim that he was mentally unstable.  And whom one of his neighbours is- a News Ltd journalist!! We have checked out and verified some details given by our source and drawn the conclusion there is sufficient truth in the informants account (and no detail tested incorrect) for us to reasonably conclude that these allegations have merit.

 The Telegraph have persistently pressed the unsubstantiated allegations that Jef gambled JEF Foundation Funds. In this rendition of their tale they quote an amount of $250,000. Gee!!! They sat there and counted? How DID they arrive at this figure? Jeffs office tell them, perhaps? Or now struggling flooring contractor Alan Byrne with his own financial and other problems? Did John Oliver do the rithmitik before he removed bank statements without permission or authorisation? Or did the tele just make it up? Their published figure has varied wildly. And their ongoing personal attack on Jef has really upset a lot of people in the Gambling Addiction Recovery Field who are unanimous in their view that an attack on a gambler is an attack on a person who is gravely ill. An unconsiencably low act. We add that we are sure Jef Gambin DID NOT gamble JEF funds(the majority of which he and Alina Gambin contributed anyway, and that the sole reason for him drwaing money at that ATM is that it is the closest to JEFs Rozelle facilities with decent parking arrangements.We went out there and looked. It is the closest ATM to Jefs Rozelle facility.  

 On 12th September 2008, SMH reported (http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/judy-davis-awarded-150000-damages/2008/09/12/1220857797110.html?sssdmh=dm16.334392 ) Actress Judy Davis’s $150,000 defamation win against News Ltd for implying that she had behaved unreasonably and selfishly in relation to a development near her residence.

 Then ABC reported http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200309/s943818.htm  about an eye surgeon whom they also falsely claimed was negligent.

Then,in 1996 Multiple the infamous “Class We Failed” case against The Daily Telegraph saw 28 students from the
1996 Mt Druitt HSC class successfully sue the newspaper for defamation.

 In fact a veritable highway of defamation actions have been successfully prosecuted against this publication stretching back to 1908. The Tele is NOT known for its commitment to journalistic integrity.It is known for publishing sensationalist attention grabbing half truths and the same devil may care attitude to people shown by its owner Murdoch in his dealings with UK staff of his first Fleet Street rag.

NSW Labor Strategy Exclusive

NSW Labor Strategy Exclusive

Few would accuse the NSW Labor Party of having a strategy,but we do.

In this exclusive report SydneyHomeless reveal for the first time the brilliant strategies of the ever forward thinking NSW Labor Party.The steely resolve of Sussex St.(who may have secretly recruited John Howard as strategic advisor) is nigh unbreakable. At the coalface,valiant NSW Labor Cabinet and members unite leaving no stone unturned in their quest to sieze the opposition benches at the next NSW State elections.

Because the NSW Liberal Party have no discernable policies leadership or clear support base, Labor will prove a formidable foe in the battle for opposition. Looking further afield it seems that the Gordon Moyes christian right, independents and Greens are blissfully unaware of this strategy. Indeed our attention was only drawn to the brilliance of this unusual strategy courtesy of the different approach applied by NSW Labor on the second last day of the past sitting of parliament, when the only minister in the upper house left, enabling the speaker to close for business a day early. It may well be that the combined Labor/Coalition eforts to gain/retain the opposition benches may well force the Greens and independents to take the government benches while Labor and Liberals sort out their squabble.

 We initially treated the information that Howard had been recruited as suspect, but our attention was drawn to two important factors.Tripodi and Della Bosca-they stop at nothing,no stoop too low,to get their own way. And why wouldn’t Howard sell out the Liberal Party? He spent three terms in office selling Australia out to America.

 The NSW Labor strategic direction is said to be driven by complex polling personally commissioned by OLGR and Sports Minister Kevin Greene,touted as the post election opposition leader-in-waiting.Greene has moved early and decisively in the race to alienate public opinion. His introduction through the Office of Liqour Gaming and Racing of the Fun Police effectively turned our once vibrant and thriving nightclubs and pubs into crosses between morgues and mausoleums, with even weeding and function venues forced to toe the sterile line or risk loss of licences and fines.

 Police operating under this Greene inspired legislation recently evicted a man from Wests Campbelltown for high fiving( cited as evidence that he was drunk). He was black as well so theres another reason,police just couldn’t say so. And the two barstaff were fined.Greene has ensured that funding for an election campaign will not flow from clubs hotels Clubs NSW or the Australian Hotels Association.

And the OLGRs malicious and illegal attack on micro charity Just Enough Faith ensures that not one person with a social conscience, or respect for legal process will vote State Labor. Kevin Greene must have consulted Nazi propaganda minister Goebbels records prior to his media release, and the following disinformation campaign perpetrated by his hireling, administrator Chris Jones. Greene must also have acquired the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler manual for following legal process as a guide for Chris Jones administration process.

 Following in the wake of wannabe leader-of -the opposition-Greene is wannabe deputy-leader-of-the-opposition Linda Burney, whose DOCs department thinks that the community it is charged with protecting is the community of its workforce. This department, redefined as the Family Police in the aftermath of the Woods report, is now a purely persecutory division whose agenda is to force families to adopt anglo christian values, while paying tokenist lipservice to multiculturalism. Cultural pluralism doesn’t exist never mind multiculturalism. Linda Burney might have noticed this in her previous incarnation as DG Aboriginal Affairs.Linda Burney is really onto a winner here in ensuring no self respecting ethnic family member, or discerning member of the general public will vote State Labor.

 The word is that in addition to wanting to sell off several police stations and other public buildings, the Rees Government have quietly hatched a secret plan to sell off the part of Callan Park not already occupied by the University for a private development of a gated enclave for the Mega Rich. It is understood that with the new charities legislation awaiting enactment, the DG of the department alone can order a charitable trust wound up,which they plan to do with Callan Park. This would be a powerful extra reason to rid the park of the embattled Just Enough Faith. It is said that this sale, along with that of power assets police stations and there is mention of Sydney Water as well as The Sydney Foreshore Authority, are regarded by Premier Rees as must-dos. There will be widespread voter dissatisfaction and disillusionment and great satisfaction within the Labor Caucus.

 And Nathan Rees has added his in his own inimitable style to the sterling efforts of his team to dislodge themselves from government-by creating a right pickle out of bottled water. Who would have thought that our inexperienced overworked premier had the time or resources to spare to carefully research this amazing policy.The scientific justification for the policy is breathtaking!!! Who would have known that the bottled water industry is actually such a high contributor to the carbon footprint-apparently, as the premiers careful research has obviously shown, more carbon positive than carbonated softdrinks,for example-or alcohol. We would have thought that the transportation of the multiple ingredients involved in the manufacture of softdrinks and alcohol would leave a much higher carbon footprint but we can’t argue with the premiers carefully researched science.

  And on the question of footprints, and science, we understand that it is scientifically questionable to follow just one set of footprints,when there are many others in the vicinity. Police forensics could perhaps advise the premiers department on this if they weren’t sure whom to ask. For example, the health footprint leads the casual observer to the view that softdrinks and alcohol are bigger contributors to issues in that area than bottled water. Then there is the moral equity footprint. The community of Bundanoon actually voted to ban bottled water in their town because a company wants to take their water,truck it to Sydney,then sell it back to them in bottled form-Of course State Government owned Sydney Water takes our Sydney water, puts it in leaky grime filled pipes and sells it back to us. Team Rees is advised to consider other footprints in the area of any issue-merely following the most likely may have the undesired effect of catapulting NSW Labor way past the opposition benches and off the abyss into oblivion.

DOCS,Linda Burney in Parallel Universe

How different the world must seem as viewed from inside the bulletproof glass of the NSW Labor Fishtank.

As if homeless or Marginalised People needed any further proof that DoCS and its Minister live and function in a parallel universe, Ms Burnies stunning lack of care with her parliamentary answers is matched only by the callous disregard she her government and her department have, and continue to show for homeless and marginalised people.

 Our current advisement to NSW voters is DO NOT VOTE LABOR at STATE ELECTIONS. NSW Labor have neither the policies nor the desire to put in place a strategy to end homelessness and marginalisation: which does not involve the homeless person becoming an income generator for a government department or its poverty industry contractors. We Sydney Homeless & Community further commit to providing whatever assistance is necessary to the candidate most likely to unseat Ms Burnie and Minister Kevin Greene in the next State Elections.

While the horror stories of DoCS mismanagement of children continue to appall the sane, DoCS merely burrow their heads ever deeper into the sand, and struggle in their tragicomical attempts to cover an ass in dire need of Jenny Craig with an infants pair of underwear.

   On children, this tired Labor govt, a disshevelled and disorganised shadow of its once proud self, missed a golden opportunity to reform DoCS, by not allowing Justice Woods to consider the Childrens and Young Persons Care and Protection Act 1998 . This legislation and DoCS choices in their administration of that legislation have been the singular most common denominator in family breakdowns and the breakdown in relationships between parents and children. These idiots have on the one hand case managers telling children as young as ten that they don’t have to listen to their parents, yet on the other pressing charges against parents when the children refuse to go to school.

 In dealing with ethnic and indigenous communities, the farce only thickens. The department routinely undermines “other ethnic” cultural values seeking to replace the tried and tested cultural and family based values which resonate with ethnic people with the university generated sterile and convoluted doublespeak that is the basis of Australian Family Law.Yes, its time to throw the baby out with the bathwater, the legislation and the department are just too stuffed to EVER work.

  But the as almost universally demonstrated across all portfolios,NSW Labor government seem to have mastered the art of rescuing defeat from the jaws of victory. In the aftermath of the Wood report, they decided to “contract” much of their previous roles to Police and Educators, both of whom, on at least the private admission of many frontline members are not trained to carry out their new roles.We look forward to the first taser assisted arrest of a nine year old. Educators are less than thankful for the role which has the real likelihood of significantly diminishing the considerable trust educators enjoy across most sectors of the community. Look forward to schools becoming less effective learning places with parents warning children not to trust teachers. Meanwhile, Childrens Services have in effect become the Family Police, whose job is to force Families to abandon their values and adopt the Anglo centric model which deprives family and ethnic community of authority, devolving that instead to a draconian and deceptive DoCS department and its Anglo assimilationist agenda.

With her background in education coupled with her obvious interest in and previous role as DG of aboriginal affairs, one would have hoped Ms Burnie would be across the import of educators maintaining the trust of all communities, not solely the anglo assimilationists.Obviously and disappointingly,not.

 We must confess, we were absolutely shocked when Linda Burnie accepted the portfolio. Look forward to her following NT MP Ms Scrymgour onto the cross benches if she has any empathy with her own people, or rising to lead the Labor Opposition in the next term of parliament if she does not.

 Our concerns regarding Ms Burnie are that in her response to our questions put via Ms Hale,Greens, she simply does not know, nor in thirty five days have the capability to have her department inform her correctly, that she might provide relevant and true information, which totally addresses our concerns. We might add that in our view she demonstrates a decided disinterest in not only homeless people in general, and among our most vulnerable,our young homeless women and children. In fact,looking over her parliamentary anwers to previous questions, if she were a truck driver,the RTA would likely remove her licence on the ground of public safety. Perhaps Mr Rees or his successor may wish to remove her ministerial responsibilities on the same grounds. Certainly NOT ministerial material in a normal government, but we are talking about a party and government in its death throes, thrashing about, helplessly stranded on the sandbar of its own incompetence as the neap tide of public opinion ebbs at its lowest approval level ever.

 Ms Burnie categorically rejects that her department has a role in supporting marginalised people (rough sleepers) while they are marginalised, and states that the only pathway from marginalisation which her department supports is via SAAPs. That treats homeless people as profit units as SAAPs are richly rewarded for their transitioning work. What all SAAPs and the minister don’t want you to know is that each SAAP acts as a spying and information collection service for DoCS, with casefiles routinely turning up in Childrens and Family court matters years sometimes later, as DoCS reports. These courts,where the Evidence Act applies, are Australia’s very own Guantanamo Bay, with the evidence act not applying and DoCS simply making up allegations which hapless victimised caring parents are forced to respond to.

 Our advice to our community is that if you see a DoCS worker in any kind of trouble,leave them there.

 We have just been notified of an interview with DoCS minister Linda Burnie some years ago. The following is an excerpt;

“Linda identified a $240 million housing project undertaken some years ago as an example of culturally inappropriate policy that was bound to fail. The project built two-bedroom houses, with no porch or facilities for outdoor living, and used regular materials. The design did not take into account that there would be overcrowding, each house often holding two or three large families. It did not take into account that Aboriginal families do much of their living outdoors. Stainless steel cabinets and fittings would have been more appropriate than ceramics to withstand intense wear and tear. The design of the houses should have started by consulting the community and not an architect in the Sydney CBD.”

 We say that the minister is 1000 percent correct in relation to aboriginal communities and will be well advised to heed the same advice in relation to to homeles & marginalised, families and children who are the ostensible focus of her current ministerial portfolio. Stop listening to the self interest of the poverty industry.

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