Posts tagged ‘marginalised assistance’

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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Sydney Free Feed with Strings Attached

Tuesday 8th June, 10am to 3pm   –  Sydney Town Hall  –

Sydney Homeless Connect

(nothing to do with us-and we don’t endorse it)

The latest morphing of parasite NGO marketing is a rather cynical excercise in Pariah self promotion and self jsutification calling itself SydneyHomelessConnect.

These People are out to engage with you,to get money from the governments “The Road Home” Homelessness Budget -whether they get you housed or not.

They usually ask deceptive questions designed to make you give information for their repressive uses at a later stage. They will try and entice you to use services unrelated to Housing, or get try to have you attend one or more of their programs.These are designed to get their organisation paid – and give you another token towards the blackmail terms under which they allocate housing.

Guidance:Attend at your own risk,ask questions,but don’t give any details.

What is it?

Apart from the Free Feed its an annual wank, a one off trades fair of the pariah NGO industry and their self interested government departmental partners. The same ones who us us homeless people as tokens to justify their miserable and miserly existence, as they quietly pocket the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars a gullible Australian publc is told is being spent on us.

Apart from the positive publicity they hope to gather, the main aim is for NGOs to collect clients – chips or tokens to be used by them to get government funding. These NGOs want to collect information about you.Personal information. They dangle the free food and notion, or promise of housing, as a bait, to trap you into giving them information about you, and about your homelessness experience. This is Federal Government and NSW Human Services collecting information about you – not about housing.

Which Parasites are there?? Among others, theres…

Child Support Agency: Agency who steal your hard earned money and assets to fund your DOCs supported ex spouses new life with your kids and spouses new partner. They even take from Newstart assisted homeless to feed Kangaroo Family – Childrens Court based childtheft.

Mission Australia: The daddy of the parasites. Poses as a Charity but in reality a multimillion dollar nationwide government contractor whose aim is to collect as much as possible of the Taxpayers Dollars the public is told is being spent on us…courtesy of a strategy devised by their ex CEO, Patrick McClure.

Youth Warning:

A warning from Sydney Homeless Youth Wing:

If you are under 18 years of age it is not safe to attend this event. We understand that Oasis YSN will be attending along with other NSW Communities ( DOCs ) mandatory reporters. These departments and Youth Services are a major threat to your peaceful njoyment of your life.

Some relevant reading:

Mother asked DOCs to remove her son from her care.. they refused.. shes in jail for murder,2yo is DEAD ..because DOCs did nothing http://bit.ly/bLW2h8

DOCs knew about her too, but did nothing http://bit.ly/adzSqn

http://bit.ly/98IHZU http://alecomm.com http://bit.ly/aDFfwS

The NSW Government is a leading #StateChildAbduction practitioner.

If you DO attend DO NOT give your details or those of your family, school, friends or where you stay to social workers.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Homeless?? Homeless?? Homeless?? Homeless?? Homeless??

Do Not Provide Your name or contact details, until

you have written undertakings as to what services

they will provide you,and when.

These organisations have government spying obligations and their primary reason for being there is to gather information,not to help you.

Some Questions you might ask ;

  • recently sold prime located social housing properties in Millers Point to wealthy private individuals on 99 year leases.
  • Ask Housing NSW if they have built or plan to acquire,social housing properties in the Sydney CBD?
  • Ask Housing NSW what permanent social housing options are available to you (name the area) given that you do not have a mental health or dependency issue?
  • Ask Housing NSW what the difference is between their promoted Supported Accommodation Assistance Program Tenancies and tenancies non-social housing providers offer.
  • Ask Housing NSW why SAAP discriminates against homeless people by inserting a mandatory ‘case management” NGO as a precondition of obtaining housing.
  • Ask Housing NSW why druggies should get priority access to social housing ahead of people who do not take drugs, have an alcohol or mental health problem.
  • Ask Mission Australia what they get paid per client in their case management roles.
  • Ask Centrelink why Job Network case managers get paid a bonus whether they find work for a Centrelink Client or the client finds work without their assistance.
  • Ask Centrelink when they will be bringing in changes to the way benefits are paid, and if it is true that NewStart claimants will be forced to work for profiteering charities for free.
  • Ask Mission Australia if they actually provide any housing. Their facilities are really indifferent to jails with similar rules way in excess of Residential Tenancy Act
  • Ask CARE Connect who the hell they are…and get ready for the latest in spin.
  • Bureau of Statistics. Collector of data whose databases are about to be accessible to all government agencies, with access to your private details.

Who are Noticably Absent?

NSW Communities (DOCS) — Yes, all others here have DOCS spying (mandatory reporting obligations.

Redfern Legal Centre:

The fact that they and NSW Tenants Union are not listed sheds light on the credibility of those who are and those who support them.

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.

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.

Jobs for Marginalised?

SMH at http://www.smh.com.au/national/disadvantaged-workers-dispel-myth-about-lack-of-ambition-20090706-dais.html detail an interesting study. Commissioned by the Brotherhood of St Laurance, onetime home of  Workchoices architect Patrick McClure, the study concludes that many of Australias marginalised are aspirational, and implies that further casework is the pathway to achieving this. Yet another example of a large influential business posing as a charity, seeking to create further opportunities for itself and other like parties to maintain their relationship with their income generator units(that would be us). They use as a reason the fact that a large percentage of marginalised do not remain in employment for three months or more. There are good simple reasons for this. The slave labor environment foisted on marginalised people by these government Job Network service providers  is economically mentally and sometimes physically exploitative. The minimum wage is totally out of sync with the spiralling costs associated with maintaining a basic lifestyle.Often workers have to spend a large percentage of their meagre income on costs directly associated with their employment, such as recurring fuel and car running costs where some employers require workers to have a vehicle. The few tax deductible expenses left for workers are not directly available to the worker ,who the tax system treats as a interest free lending service to the government. Often, these untenable conditions are exacerbated by draconian workpractices which are borderline in OHS compliance due to the stress placed on workers by draconian management practices. And excessive profits for the employer. In short the failed and discarded Workchoices model addressed the needs of industry for well trained dirt cheap labour. The Job Network Industry and its surrogates were not heard once advocating for better pay or conditions for workers, in words louder than a whimper, but were known to have been party to the creation of awards in connivance with employers which minimised worker rewards. It might come as a huge surprise to the slave labour operating Bentley drivers of this world, but people do not go to work on the basis of creating huge profits for you while running further into debt personally. And when people grow exhausted with this government supported , NGO managed tyranny they will simply take what they perceive as rightfully theirs. 

  We categorically reject the Job Network Model as worthy of survival while its role remains with only the words changed.We categorically reject the status quo which is that people organisations and a culture which have for so long been a root cause, and even beneficiary, of the perceived problem, should or could be part of the solution. Its like discussing the solutions to Aids with the disease.

Words without Deeds are a Garden of Weeds

 We have, we believe, given ample opportunity to the poverty industry and its State government sponsors to come to the party, to hear our proposals for resolving long-term homelessness. Their deafening silence punctuated only by DOCs Minister Linda Burneys espousement of tired government/poverty industry driven policy lacking in direct target  group consultation.

 We knew that they were discussing these very important (to us) matters on the 19th and 30th June, and MLA Sylvia Hale (Greens) actually invited her to meet with us on the issues which concern us. She offered a meeting with her department on her agenda terms. Well, we regarded it as a bit like finding a cure for aids. When the medical profession developed drugs to combat aids, they didn’t consult the disease- and we do not need to go to antartica to know its cold there. Her agenda and her departmental minions are the singular most common cause of homelessness and marginalisation in NSW. A common story of the men on the Streets today is coming home from work to find wife has a

IDENTIFY ACT WIN

IDENTIFY ACT WIN

 brand spanking new court order banning him from the house he paid for and sometimes, even a brand new bf, who tell him hes not allowed in the house he paid for- all arranged by DOCs on the often manufactured allegations of a bored housewife whose real reasons are her new bf or sometimes the idea that a single parents pension is a good idea. Between 5 and 10 percent of men on the streets at any one time are in this category. Ms Burney has had her chance, and as alluded to previously we can now confirm that we will be taking strong action, in defense of our Jefs Corner Foodvan service, and in defence of Just Enough Faith as the rightful and illegally siezed service provider.That action will commence this week, and progressively escalate from there. 

  A series of actions will be revealed this week aimed at stabilising and maintaining our foodvan service at the levels which the founder of the Jefs Corner Foodvan Service established.

 This service has not only fed up to 600 people per night, but also, by providing wholesome, nutritious selections, driven the Poverty Industry Meal Services to  upgrade their shameful minimalist services, only providing half decent meals when media were present.An average of 190 people eating every night at the foodvan would indicate that it provides an esential service. Where else would homeless women and children, and even Youth off the Streets Don Bosco Hostel charges eat?

 We invite all local and the entire homeless and marginalised community in NSW to come and eat at the Jefs Corner Foodvan Site 8-30 p.m. every night corner of Yurong Parkway and St Marys St. Thats Straight below the St Marys Cathedral (bottom of the hill). And stay a while, right here in Sydney 2000, home of the homeless.

Homeless Happenings-Govt driven loss of services.

also today

Updated “Parallel Universe” story https://sydneyhomeless.wordpress.com/nsw-docslinda-burney-in-parallel-universe/

Brothel Owner sides with DoCS https://sydneyhomeless.wordpress.com/brothel-owner-drug-dealers-support-docs-minister/

Urgent Call for Community Support; https://sydneyhomeless.wordpress.com/donations-and-support-urgently-required-by-homeless/

Elect Sydneys Homeless Ambassador; https://sydneyhomeless.wordpress.com/elect-sydneys-homeless-ambassador/

An anarchic group of homeless people and supporters are looking at setting up a semipermanent camp in a crossover of modelling between Brazils Favelas and Canberras Aboriginal Tent embassy. Among the sites under consideration is said to be the Sydney Domain area directly across the street from the parliamentary dining facility, affording DoCS minister Linda Burnie, Housing Minister and Gaming and Lotteries Minister Kevin Greene a reverse goldfish bowl opportunity to observe the impact of their policies at street level, while they feast at the largesse of taxpayers.

 As the whole of government approach continues to increase the surpluses (in combined government funding corporate sponsorships and donations) among service providers, as demand increases at street level across Greater Sydney, the accessible services for homeless and marginalised people diminishes.

 And as the State and Federal governments, and their NGO/NFP/Business partners apply ever more coercive strategies to force marginalised people to drive earnings for increasingly bottom line focussed charities the dillema for Homeless and Marginalised people is reminiscent of the Victorian Bushfires Fiasco; “Run and Hide” or “Stay and Fight.” Now we are NOT about to compare the Victorian Fire Authorities with the NSW Government. It would be  totally unfair on the Victorian Fire Authorities.

 When the going gets tough,the tough get going.

 Wesley Mission, who have according to their own account been a service provider since the 1820s, have recently closed their much used and now lamented meals service at the Edward Eagar Lodge in Surry Hills.This important service provided an important link in the food and social fabric of the inner city’s burgeoning street community sector which is afflicted by mental health issues. Wesley Mission have seemingly chosen to reject the coalface of need in line with government strategy, with their strategy shifting to SAAP modelling in which Marginalised people accessing their services become long term income generators, trapped in isolation from their foster kinship communities in the isolation of such facilities as The Noreen Towers Centre in Liverpool. With an inbuilt DoCS and Mental Health spying program which clients are not told exists and can be used against them in any future proceedings various arms of government, or Wesley Mission itself may choose to institute. A dangerous radical extension of these policies; Person with assets is diagnosed as “mentally incompetent”, so Wesley get to determine where their assets go. Or any other SAAP.

 We are astounded to find that Mission Beat, that innovative corporately funded income generator unit of Charity/NFP/Business Mission Australia,which recently announced a mobile bike patrol service, no longer run their van services, which for many years took drunks and drug affected people off the streets to the relative safety of drunk tanks and detox units, no longer operates full time- and the hours which they have cut out include weekend nights, which everyone except Mission Australia knows is the most critically underserviced time frame, and arguably when the risks are highest-when the going gets tough,the tough get going.Long gone is the unlamented Swanton Lodge, a Sydney City Mission run pigsty which nevertheless did provide emergency beds. Of course, Mission Australias ex CEO, and the ex head honcho of Perth City Mission, was credited as the architect of Howard/Costellos marginalised services reform, ramming the slave labour Workchoices program down the throats of the community, and coercing the population to work for pittances which actually saw workers families worse off than ever. And of course, as a contractor to the Australian government Mission Australia did exceedingly well-financially. The whole notion of mutual responsibility as espoused by this series of invasive programs is morally flawed. Mutual responsibility pre-existed the Howard definition and is the fundimental basis of the Social Security system. When you work or generate income, you pay tax, so that when you don’t, the government picks up some of your costs. Thats mutual obligation. Howard and his cronies simply created an extra and onerous set of obligations which created massive new revenue streams for Mission Australia, and other FACS/DEETYA contractors, and a pool of among the most ineptly trained jobless in the world.

 We found out about Missionbeat not operating 24 hours only when we rang on behalf of a drug/alcohol affected guy who ended up being attended to by ambulance officers-and they arrived almost before we called,well done, AMBOs. We fully support NSW AMBOs and if they have a tenfold increase in funding we will applaud the orchestrators of that decision- we just don’t see anyone in NSW Labor who has the balls to do it. Ambos don’t get paid enough and their service is underfunded.FIX IT!!!.

 And joining (or encouraging) the throng at the exit gates is the Marie Antoinette of NSW Labor, Linda Burney, who thinks that 50,000 people who are homeless every night over the next ten years don’t need any government assistance…. and Ms Burnies response to MP Sylvia Hales question ; http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/lc/qalc.nsf/18101dc36b638302ca257146007ee41a/87903a78de63f12cca2575b5002ec64b!OpenDocument in which she states; “The City of Sydney and the Department of Community Services have been working together on a range of strategies with day programs and food services to increase coordination and integration of programs to ensure homeless people are assisted out of the homelessness cycle rather that sustained in sub-standard conditions.” We are not sure that Sydney City are in agreement with this.

In NSW Parliament this week, in fact, there has been a committee sitting to discuss Homelessness and Low Cost accommodation. Once again, the parliamentary committee will spend weeks considerng the views and objectives of the very poverty industry operatives who have benefitted from a plethora of social programs concocted and connived by an array of Federal and State governments since federation. Well, our research shows that in fact homelessness is a lifestyle which predates federation. We know that the current generation of submitters to the State and Federal Government policy committees will drive more earnings for their NGOs. Thats what happens when you try to solve a problem by listening to those whose financial wellbeing is dependent upon the problem continuing to exist? A nice, cosy arrangement where the relevant ministers increase their power, and the relevant NGOs increase their earnings. Where are the benefits to marginalised communities and people? You will have to ask the perpetrators of this travesty, because marginalised people don’t see them-just the scraps from the well fed at the welfare table.

 (We base the above calculation on the prime minister,Mr Rudds figures, which indicate 105,000 homeless every night nationwide, and a goal of reducing this by 50% by 2020. We think he has grossly underestimated the figure, and many from various branches of social services privately agree. But we will use it. And use conservative accounting principles in all our calculations,as we do.)

 If Ms Burnie is Marie Antoinette, then Minister Kevin Greene of the OLGR surely deserves to the title of Guy Fawkes for his role and stonewalling in the demise of Just Enough Faith. And we would not have a view if he were in fact treated like Guy Fawkes; at least Sydney homeless may be able to keep warm for a while at the bonfire!!!

 By the same definitions, we see John Oliver,Tim Buckley or Alan Byrne architects of the demise of Just Enough Faith, as  Pinnochio Goofy and Mickey Mouse… the three advisors whom the mainstream media based and OLGR based their trial and execution of Just Enough Faith and Jef Gambin on.

 And,we confidently predict that the Lazarus in this story will be Jef and Alina Gambin, who will again take their rightful place at the head of the homeless and community table, analysing for and servicing the immediate needs of Sydneys Homeless and Marginalised community, because Governments and their feeding frenzy of baitfish NGO contractors won’t.

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