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Housing NSW impose jail on tenants

  In a further move towards State control of people perennial parasite and consumate human rights violator Linda Burney has taken a leaf out of Nazi Germany’s population control manual and imposed it on NSW Housing tenants in the Waterloo Towers. Our informants include a couple of tenants who favour the concept and a LOT of tenants who correctly object to the draconian measures which are turning the towers into jail you pay for.

  The new regime due to be implemented from 1st January 2011 (when most lawyers and courts are on holidays) makes it mandatory for ALL TENANTS RESIDENTS AND VISITORS to provide photo ID to the security guard station which will otherwise deny access to “Waterloo Gulag.” While implemented under the disguise of “greater safety for the elderly” this Nazi measure will have the effect of monitoring peoples movements 24 hours per day into and out of the Gulag. Repressive government departments will obviously have unimpeded access to the evolving database making,for example the ongoing harassment of for example the aboriginal community by police much simpler. It will also leave youth less able to select safe places to go with child stealing NSW Communities Profiteering Partner agencies also able to use the data collected as a datum point to manufacture allegations in order to steal children.  

   These new rules by NSW Housing represent a gross invasion  of tenants privacy and their rights to the peaceful enjoyment of their tenancy. The rules are completely contrary to the rights tenants enjoy under the Residential Tenancies Act -even the watered down version implemented by anti-people Labor governments in recent years.

  While some of the tenants (even according to some a majority) apparently agree that these rules are necessary, there are a large minority who do not -and they are having these draconian invasive conditions -spying into their homes and lives- imposed against their will.

 If wider society chooses to tolerate this imposition, you can look forward to the pollicy flowing to all residential property rentals in the coming years -irrespective of political denials.

  Doubtless such rules have the support of NSW Police who think that everyone should just follow orders from their racist anglophile officers irrespective of the right or otherwise of their often anglo serving opinions given as orders. Doubtless these rules will be the direct cause of direct violence against the State Applied Fascism being imposed by Housing NSW -simply,I can’t see the security guards not getting beaten to a pulp or even shot – with very good justification.

  Most of our Sydney Homeless long term community have long ago rejected invasive intrusive government as a precondition of social housing. We see many more people leaving social housing in preference to living in Labor imposed NAZISM.

 Having heard not a peep from The Coalition or The Greens on the subject,we can only assume that they too,agree with the policy.

  This extension of the economy first -society last mindset enriches todays politicians ,empowers todays exploiters and impoverishes todays ordinary people. The mindset that governments should collude and conspire with businesses and NGOs to manage people – as fodder for the economic machine. Social housing becomes mere storage boxes for economic tools.

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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 .

Sydney Rough Sleepers survey can’t find Homeless

If any proof is needed that the poverty industry and government are really only about using homeless people as tokens to collect your tax dollars with, the invasive Rough Sleeper Survey by the Parasite Poverty Industry is a case study.

According to the combined resources of government council, Mission Australia, Mercy Foundation (who we’ve never heard of) and Common Ground (whose patron Therese Rein (Rudds Spouse) made her millions delivering marginalised people as #wageslaves to her industrial clients at taxpayers expense) there are just 269 Homeless known to them in Sydney.The survey team managed to “interview” just 200. Why is this? Did they not want to hear what the other 69 had to say? Were they simply told to “fuck off??” Why??  Only 18 of our core group of long term homeless were even approached.  Perhaps this is a figure they’ve cooked up to “prove” that the strategies which they advised government to put in place, with cashcades of your taxpayer money funding their ill advised schemes, are working.

The day following the final survey ,many of the regular rough sleepers who disappeared returned to their habitual spots.

If Mercy Foundation / Mission Australia / City of Sydney knew where and when to count, these intrepid counters would have found between 500 and 600 Rough Sleepers without leaving public property.

Why the Rough Sleeper Counts and Surveys Fail

  • Trust. The overwhelming majority of long term homeless do not trust any level of government their contractors or their objectives. From the NGOs who profess to deliver “homelessness services” including Housing NSW and its contractors, we hear nothing but lies. Promises and duplicity. From the Government departments and politicians dealing with homelessness we hear long winded promises and announcements, see lots of attempts to spy on us and use us as cash collection tokens, but no affordable appropriate and agreeable housing.  In the case of Missionbeat its well known that their Sydney manager is ex Police -or is there such a thing. As with most low income and ethnic communities, Sydney’s Homeless community do not enjoy a good relationship with police, who are well known for their predisposition to take the side of the wealthy against us. They are known as a tool of repression and regarded as one does a disease. The last two Missionbeat co-ordinated  “Street Counts” have been followed within a fortnight by late night visits from police issuing “move-on” orders to destabilise homeless campers. So why would we trust them?? Needless to say, many homeless have taken steps to ensure their privacy safety and security by not being visible to counters and survey takers. There is not -nor has there ever been-a valid reason to trust any of those who profiteer using us as tokens.
  • Money & Outcomes. Those commissioning and conducting the Rough Sleeper Survey are well paid for their information collection efforts. In contrast to the Rough Sleeper survey subjects, who received just $10 for being woken 3 mornings in a row. A few calls to Survey organisers advertising in Gumtree established that the going rate is $30 to $150 per interview. We have yet to see a single initiative which seeks to end housing marginalisation eventuate from any of these government and NGO serving exercises.
  • Tee Hee!! They don’t know when where or who to look at : Bemusing as it is, 3 most popular Rough Sleeper hangouts are within 10 minutes walk of Town Hall – and they’re never counted!! Last Monday there were 35 sleeping at just one of these camps. Asian Homeless?? The 200 odd who we know are virtually indistinguishable to the anglo-aussie eye from other asians. They integrate seamlessly into the flow of Sydney life. Many work for just $7 to $8 an hour – in places where you would least expect- in preference to the dole. Then there are the estimated 150-180 who sleep in vehicles. And of course the substantial number who sleep in the day.

SydneyHomeless continue to advise homeless people to NOT co-operate with surveys, homeless counts and other NGO serving activities which collect information to better leverage funding opportunities for their organisations. While we look forward to the day when City of Sydney run Social Housing in their council area, that is not on any political agenda which we are aware of. We also know of no initiative by City of Sydney to provide non-invasive social housing in its district.

Charity or Business?? How to Rate

They call themselves charities and take millions in public corporate and taxpayer dollars annually. You assume that these often well known and well connected “Charities” will do the right thing with your generously given donations. But do they really ?? What really happens to your money?

The 2009 Victoria Bushfire Appeal was launched in 2009 to provide Relief & support for the many Victoria, Australia, communities devastated by the worst bush-fires Australia has seen. Some of the money went to set up a government Commission of Inquiry, headed by the ex Victorian Police Commissioner Sue Nixon ,who was subseqently faulted in her performance as Chief of Police in relation to those fires by that same commission. However, on point, the donating public gave the money to fund support for the bushfire victims, families and those affected. Many are still underaccommodated today, while the BushFire Commission wallows in the trough of public money.

In January 2010, following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, multiple organisations ran heavily subscribed appeals. These became fodder for a US military led UN invasion and the subsequent creation of “Refugee Camps” where terror and rape run rampant. The US military impeded the efficient entry of genuine aid organisations such as Medecins Sans Frontieres to assert US government puppet Aid organisation and CIA front US AID as lead organisation. Subsequently all donation supported aid organisations became subservient to and in effect deliverers of US secret service dictated policy.

In Australia there is at least a weekly tug on your heartstrings by organisations masquerading as charities. You should NOT be duped. Many are simply cynical operations supporting high salaried CEOs and management teams while using volunteers for “feelgood” effect.

At the head of the list of Preying Vulture Fundraisers are those with a medical “research” objective. Stop and think about it.Funding research into cures for cancer? Aids? If the research is ever successful, then you’ve just financed another wonder drug for the highly lucrative #BigPharma conglomorates to earn more millions from…WOW!! DO NOT SUPPORT!!

Next in line are those who use Homeless , Mental Health, Youth , Poverty as headlines. Do they have a plan to end their selected field of marginalisation?? Are they government supported? If so, they’re probably delivering ineffective invasive government services- and funded to do so by your taxes. How much does their CEO and management team get paid –and for what??  What percentage of their nett income is returned to their target constituency in a form identified by that constituency (not a charity selected few clients) as effective??

In short, if an organisation is not returning 80% of whats collected directly to their target constituency as above, they are part of the problem, parasites preying off the marginalised, and you shouldn’t support them

#NSW #Labor, #Lend Lease and Public Land

Is Premier Keneally really ready to risk going into opposition over #Barangaroo and The Foreshore Authority’s dealings in Public Land since that public entities creation by Keneally when she was Infrastructure and planning Minister? Following her to some surprising decision to take the Labor Lend-Lease Barnagaroo project back under her personal wing, The NSW Premier has once again asserted the influence of her office to shamelessly lobby for the rich and parasitic. Her shameless attempt to enter into a workplace agreement on a greenfields site prior to the arrival of the workforce onsite smacks of the anti-worker antics of Peter Reith and his Howardly accomplices from that thankfully departed era.The Premiers attempt to leverage an exemption from Federal Industrial Relations Laws for Lend Lease and its ultimate Banker clients smacks-as is too often the case of late-of Labor protecting the rich from exploited workers. Labor has done zilch at State or Federal Level to leverage price stability at retail level- Unregulated Real costs- of food rents and electricity are all spiralling unfettered as rampant exploiter capitalists take full advantage of Governments who continue to regulate and persecute workers for seeking fairpay while suggesting banks and their subordinate capitalists not increase prices. Nice-if you’re a greed driven capitalist.

Barangaroo offers less than nothing for the people of Sydney and the people of NSW.

  • Barangaroo offers Sydney NSW and Australia less than nothing because we will be prevailed upon to suffer further overload of our already strained City Circle Rail Services because most workers at Barangaroo will not be able to afford to live there,or near there. Or should the State Government decide to expand Wynyard Stations capacity,it will be at the publics cost-As will any other public transport alternative.
  • The Workers who build it will never afford to live there.There is no social housing component.
  • What was publicly owned and publicly accessible will be the domain of the greedy banker fraternity whose will is to further exploit workers,with the apparent acquiescence of the Labor and Liberal Parties.
  • Unlike the Olympics, which at least had Local, National and International implications for Sydney and Australia, the proposed Barangaroo is a monument to greed- Bankers, Lend-Leases and Labors.

Federal Government should properly reject any overtures from the NSW Government to leverage exemptions from industrial law for Barangaroo.The Project is a sellout of public assets for the same small clique who repeatedly enjoy the benefits of their associations with the Labor and Liberal Parties…

Sydney Homeless see no benefits for Homeless marginalised workers or the residents of Sydney.Jobs paid at rates which force workers to trek from the city rim economic bantustans are not affordable or sustainable.

Ripping off HousingNSW

As NSW Government super department Human Services seeks to micromanage the lives of marginalised families and communities for Australian & NSW Governments capitalist ideal -the Wageslave Farm, the ripoffs of your taxpayers dollar continue unabated from the leaky sieve of NSW Governance. HousingNSW is the States biggest residential property landlord (by residential properties leased) and now,it seems, HousingNSW is also the States largest residential tenant.

We’ve been aware of the distance between both Federal and State budget appropriation figures for social housing – huge budgets, which shrink inexplicably when measured against the actual social housing incomes. Inexplicably if one uses prevailing market prices as guidance of housing unit acquisition.

But the Treasury geniuses in Canberra and MacQuarrie St are no longer just  buying properties, in their ingenuity, they have decided to burden taxpayers for the longer term with recurrent rental arrangements -arrangements which are sure to drive residential property prices ever skyward as the ever greedy investors continue to buy borderline habitable properties to rent for maximum market rental to the gullible minions of NSWHousing.

Rort a)

How it works:

NSW Housing have selected realtors in a closed market arrangement, as area providers of rental properties. These realtors are supposed to charge NSWHousing “80% of market rent” but with no quantification of a formula by which to calculate market rent.Simple.Property “real” market rent is $450 per week. Agency advertises property for rent at $650,minus 20%, thats $520 per week- an  actual $70 above market payment.

What should be happening: (assumes HousingNSW should be renting,another issue completely)

  • All available rental properties in an area should be considered, not just the stock held by one,or a particular group of realtors.This would include direct owner-to-department rentals.
  • Properties would be selected on the basis of value as HousingNSW needs to accumulate stock.
  • A price cap per area would be applied on the basis of property configuration,and the last months rentals across the area (based on security bond lodgements).Rental would be 80% of that figure.
  • All properties to be pre-inspected professionally for health safety and maintenance compliance.

Following confidential discussions with a current realtor employee, we can say that this agent consistently engages in this pricing duplicity.This agent even has a related party purchase properties which are on-sold within months on to grateful new investors,at a reasonable profit to the realtor related parties.

On the basis of rents notified to tenants, cross referenced to Real Estate .com.au and Domain.com.au , we have found that actual rents paid by the department are consistently higher than the average for the area -not the “80% pf market value we are led to believe” and the properties we visited are invariably below average in appearance, badly located,and sometimes badly maintained compared to the area norm.Of the 48 properties used in our sample,just two,in the Newcastle area appeared at below “market rental.” A further online archive search of the properties concerned showed that many properties leased for $100 or more per week less a mere 6 months previously.1 property was rented to House-O for $220 more than last advertised.

Our concern is for the gross waste of taxpayers funds,and also that those funds could buy much better value, while not driving private housing purchase and rental affordability beyond the reach of even workers and working families.

Rort b) This ones even better:

HousingNSW also rents ‘temporary accommodation’. I don’t know whether they actually check the quality liveability or fair pricing of these temporary accommodation solutions, and I’m sure the majority are properly priced and maintained – but some clearly are not.

We have had many homeless men and women-even family groups-prefer to sleep on the streets when faced with the unsanitary, unhealthy or illegally dangerous accommodation solutions HousingNSW pro-offer as Temporary emergency accommodation.

The cockroach infestations and bedbugs many report from Wesley Mission owned Edward Eagar Lodge in Surry Hills are comparative non issues. Naked electrical wiring, rising damp, stinking carpet, filthy urinals, syringes, and inappropriate management or staff behaviours are the norm- coupled with “terms and conditions” which state that HousingNSW will not assist you further “if you do not get along with the landlord.”

The ripoff?? $460 per week for a single smelly room which many have walked out of in disgust. Double that if 2 people occupy the room.

Several properties have been notified to us but none as often, or as loudly, as Tivoli Accommodation 205 Cleveland St
Redfern NSW. Owned since 2002 by JU’NEE PROPERTIES PTY. LTD. & TIVOLI DEVELOPMENTS PTY. LIMITED,We have received reports concerning this hellhole,which HousingNSW has no qualms in sending junkies and young families to co occupy,since 2003.Its remarkable that none of these people who have complained to us have not complained to HousingNSW,and even more remarkable that, if they had, HousingNSW still persist in sending people there. We are continuing our checks to try to understand more fully the precise relationship between HousingNSW , its officers, The NSW Labor Party and the above identified businesses and their proprietors. The place makes Fawlty Towers look downright respectable and Smoky Mountain look hygenic.

Our checks of several other motel/guest type accommodations we are aware of reveal that these premises are rented at advertised peak market rates. WOTIF and several other booking engines all confirm the same price. I wonder how many millions of your hard earned Tax Dollars evaporate in practices like these?? Shonky businesses & cohorts ripping of Housing NSW -willingly or not,Housing NSW ripping off the Taxpayer Homeless & Marginalised

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.

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