Posts tagged ‘homeless issues’

How Taxpayers Fund #Wageslavery

   Under the guise of “helping unemployed” the Australian Federal Government continue to pay the bulk of Labour costs for some of Australia’s most parasitic bottom feeder businesses -and it costs you a bundle!! Continuing the program put in place by the pro-exploiter anti-worker then Howard Coalition Government, Rudd / Gillard Labor continue to offer (via Centrelink partners ) huge payments which effectively subsidise “employment”, often at Greenfields negotiated rates contrived before any real employees are present, for up to three months. Of course, as any capitalist thinking solely of how to maximise profit would do, at the expiry of the funded period, simply fire the no longer subsidised “worker” , ring the Job Network member and get another subsidised worker. Too easy.

  Such practices are exploitative of workers, unemployed and taxpayers alike. They do not solve unemployment rather, they at best allow manipulation of statistics by cycling already marginalised people through further degrees of marginalisation in order to gain an advantage for both the exploiter and the Job Network Agency, which receives a hefty “success” fee paid by your tax dollars courtesy of FAHSCIA -or whatever the department is called this week.    

 The practice, believed to be commonplace among minimum wage industries, is onerous for hapless workers who are often left worse off by the altered unsustainable economics. A further stab at their confidence and morale is inevitable when, usually within 2 weeks of expiration of subsidies, they are laid off- often on a pretext contrived by the employer which leaves the hapless worker penalised by Centrelink .

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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.

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 .

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

How City of Sydney and NSW Govt drive #Wageslavery

How City of Sydney and NSW Govt drive #Wageslavery

The City of Sydney recently changed rubbish contractors, with Transurban subsidiary URM the successful bidder.Transurban immediately offered the previous contractors collections staff jobs-with longer hours-for $200 per week less pay. They were reportedly using fewer trucks as well meaning harder work for fewer staff on less money. With the ever escalating property values in Sydney, goes an ever rising pool of council rates. We note that most City Councillors are on salaries in several multiples of the wages the City Garbos get. Is the councillors job really that much more important? If you think so, contact us,with your phone number and address and we’ll arrange for your rubbish to be left for a month.If you haven’t changed your mind by the months end you’re right and we’re wrong.

The City of Sydney and NSW State Government BOTH need to ensure that staff employed by new contractors are paid the same,or better wages than paid by the previous contractor.

before the Liberal/Labor orchestra of empathy commences its chorus of approval … Sydneys Local Electricity Underground Maintenance is subcontracted,largely to a company called Subakette. They in turn use a contractor called Australian Traffic Management to provide Traffic Control Services. I’ve taken to meeting and greeting these companies crews, and in 2 years have yet to find an Australian Citizen.Most are Irish or Pommy Backpackers. Paid,ultimately,by Taxpayers dollars -that would be your money.Many of our homeless community have Traffic Control Tickets, but those who have called have all met a polite but firm refusal. Why are State Government Corporations hiring only backpackers? Is that what the stimulus package was intended to fund??

We advocate for #payequity – equitable sustainable pay capable of supporting and advancing the worker in the area where they are working.Not the wageslavery rates Howard finessed, Rein profited from and Rudd kept.

City of Sydney

Many of the City of Sydneys ratepayers depend on a pool of surplus low cost labour.The Hospitality, retail and many service industries provide many examples of such labour requirements. The City would accumulate a developer funded (tax deductible) pool of owned properties, whose maintenance could be undertaken by Council Works. They should also gain control of State owned social housing in their catchment.

With the many wageslavery reliant exploiter employers in Sydney City, the City of Sydney has a duty of care to ensure that those workers have choices of affordable and appropriate properly maintained housing within The City of Sydney Catchment. This could be implemented in every council area by making developers (residential commercial & industrial) contribute to a social housing fund.

Federal Government;

We call on the Federal government to impose a punitive tax on investment residential properties, which would drive home ownership; and a progression plan towards a mix of owned and social housing only. No investment residential properties.

Federal Government should also take over administration of State Tenancy and Property Law. 1 law for all Australia.

The Case of SydneyHomeless Youth vs The Minister for DOCs

Sydney Homeless Youth Wing report swelling numbers of Homeless Youth in the Sydney CBD – in situations where its too late for us to help. Many are dropping out of school and unsurprisingly turning to selling drugs, doing “earns” or “fissicking”- as a means of survival. The reasons for this rejection of “values” are stunningly simple. Summarised in one word. #Wageslavery. Multinational conglomerates and some of the largest Australian public companies make an art form of exploiting young people-made to work like slaves for pittance payments, which government assist these vulture businesses to enforce. Many working youth are forced to couch surf as do many of Sydneys homeless workers.The billions of dollars they declare as profit in their inevitably glowing annual reports are the nett result of Systematic wageslavery – controlled by callous Governments both Liberal-Coalition and Labor at State and Federal levels.

A major failure of the

The SydneyHomeles Youth Wing has a growing pool of young adults who successfully reconnected with their communities.As luck would have it, a few come from communities- neglected comunities – in the NSW Human Services / NSW Communities / DOCs Minister Linda Burney’s electorate. They have put the suggestion forward that they campaign against Minister Linda Burney in … and are resourcing to do so. They,along with their friends and supporters, will campaign I believe with friends who have been in DOCs care… and are willing to tell their stories, gag orders or not.

For those (of any age) wishing to join the

“Canterbury: Sack Linda Burney as your MP”

campaign please get in touch via this post comments, or via @SydneyHomeless on Twitter.

We especially encourage ex-DOCs case-workers, case-managers, Parents and ex-DOCs-Care people to submit their DOCs horror story – for use as a public information tool.Names will only be used with your permission.

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.

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