Posts tagged ‘Sydney’

NSW Budget 2012 will decrease private home ownership, increase poverty

  The NSW Budget 2012 does nothing to increase ownership opportunity for new aspirants to the home ownership class, while instead providing further incentives for investors and multi unit owners to increase their asset base to the detriment of the struggling working population.

Housing NSW for people not profit

 NSW Treasurer Baird’s plan to incentivise the construction of 76,000 new dwelling units will pr


ably do so. But the bulk of these homes will most likely be built by investors such as Harry Tribugoff’s Meriton 

with a view to further exploiting the artificially housing stressed Sydney working population. There is al

so no disincentive to offshore buyers purchasing residential property. Changes to the First Home buyers grant mean that First Home buyers of basic homes can no longer look to the next generation of 1st home buyers to on-sell 

their property to when upgrading. 

 Sydney Homeless see no merits in the residential housing roadmap for NSW as proposed by this Investor focussed budget. We see zero security for homeowner – occupiers and yet more incentives

 for investors to capitalise at the expense of home occupiers. 

 Sydney Homeless have and continue to advocate for the removal of all government incentive

s for non-occupier housing investment and the implementation of punitive State based Stamp duties coupled with 

increases in Federal Government taxes on rental income , curtail the negative gearing and depreciation regimes for investors, add residential property investment penalties and a ban on foreign investment in residential property for non residential purposes.The Federal Government might wish to make depreci


ion and negative gearing tax incentives available to occupying purchasers.There should be a Commonwealth based


 Home Loans facility for home buyers which is underwritten by the Federal Government in place of current social housing expenditure. This combination will have the effect of lowering property values over the medium term while stimulating property ownership by occupiers, while disincentivising speculative investors. see ABC article on NSW Budget 2012 – Housing


Sydney Homeless Connect or How to take your tax dollars & goodwill

Today (June 5th) 10 a.m. at Sydney Town Hall Sydney Homeless Connect host the annual trade show and marginalised persons fishing expedition of the Poverty industry.

 The fishing expedition dishes up a hot lunch and commerce discards donated (some as tax writeoffs) as bait in an annual expedition to find marginalised people to monetise. Targeting the Sydney Homeless Community as hand-up tokens to utilise to collect your tax dollars your generous donations and possibly voluntary goodwill these organisations are in fact multimillion dollar annual turnover businesses, most quite unfamiliar to the Sydney Homeless community.

 Its no accident that the Trades Show happens just before the end of the financial year- you might just write a donation which you can claim back in your tax return.

 Standout among the parasites preying today are Mission Australia, the major beneficiary of cosy government relationships forged in the back-room secrecy of bipartisan Australian politics. Inaugural CEO Patrick McClure, an ex brother in the Brotherhood of St Laurence wrote the book on NGO relationships with Australian government and how both could monetise the marginalised. Its called “The McClure Report” and provides the roadmap for CDEP/ Workchoices and NT Intervention / Income Management -hugely beneficial to the poverty industry AND government.

 The current “ten year plan” initiated by the Rudd Labor Government is The Road Home. Started in 2009 its a spend of $6 Billion of your Tax Dollars on “reducing homelessness by 50%”. Numerous requests to departments including direct in person requests to Ministers Mark Arbib and Tanya Plibersek to quantify the 50% referred to have gone unanswered. Is it 50% of the 2009 figure? Or an extrapolated 2019 figure? Or some other figure altogether? I’m sure they will tell us in 2019 but for now its a big secret –and a lie — based on the increased numbers of Homeless sleeping rough on the Streets of Sydney.

 The SAAP plan provides much revenue and growth opportunity for “The Sector” as the Poverty Industry calls itself. New St Vincents de Paul buildings harvested from Social Housing property stock in Waterloo add resources to the NOT IN POVERTY Vinnies (and ultimately Catholic Church) , while shiny new vans and a vast array of ineffective programs drive your tax dollar further into the coffers of Mission Australia. The Salvos and Mission Australia are busy too finding jobs (sans sustainable incomes) for marginalised and slaves for an ever grateful profit conscious corporate sector.

 City of Sydney and contract services provider NEAMI will most likely be there too… their nimby solutions to homelessness provide zero new affordable housing in the Sydney 2000 postcode. The City of Sydney provides only token homeless services and its contractor Neami is seen as a prime subverter of homelessness resources to assist mental health clients tipped from the health budget allowing Federal government to falcetiously claim savings and efficiencies in the Health portfolio.

 Some smaller NFPs which legitimately provide services to the marginalised such as The Benjamin Footpath Library and Clothesline will more than likely be there too- mere window dressing for a Trade Show which you should be VERY sceptical of .   

Protest Sydney Homelessness Industry

Housing Affordability   On June 5th a showcase of the Sydney Poverty Industry called Sydney Homeless Connect will roll out its annual Roadshow at the Sydney Town Hall. For what many regard as “Charities” and “Not For Profits” – organisations which represent themselves to a caring but gullible public and a cynical but cooperative government as “providing homelessness services” – Sydney Homeless Connect is an annual Fishing Competition with the aim being to entrap as many homeless as possible in a cycle of being shuffled from one marginalisation industry monetiser to the other -to drive revenues for the industry participants.

Sydney Homeless call on the Federal Government to immediately cease funding the disastrous inefficient failed $600 million a year  “The Road Home” Program which aims to spend $6.6billion in ten years to halve homelessness -from a completely unquantified index figure. In the about two and a half years since The Road Home was launched Homeless numbers in Sydney City have increased dramatically, despite a flawed Homeless Street Count Methodology. From the outset of the Programs rollout in Sydney City service providers prioritised mental health clients who had recently been tossed out of the Mental Health System – The Federal Government then used The Road Home, a 10 year $600 million a year Homelessness spend, to house those chronic mental health sufferers and claim a reduction in Health budget spending.

Under the Road Home, the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) heavily resources NGOs to provide mandatory “support services” of highly questionable value to clients. Services include much “counselling” and “training” which in practice burden clients with time and travel commitments and merely lead from one of these monetisation processes to the next – Monetising the marginalised.

Under The Road Home qualified Real Estate Agents are also able to raise rents on low quality slum properties to the maximum level Government will pay, while subsidising ex homeless clients. In effect this componemt of The Road Home actually raises rents of private properties. By doing so the Road Home becomes a driver raising the bar of Housing cost.

Sydney Homeless will Rally in Town Hall Square to Protest the Sydney Homeless Connect event to Protest this calculated waste of billions of taxpayers dollars and call for an end to The Road Home. The $600 million a year saved could be used maintaining single parents in their full time capacity as carers , a $700million cut in the Federal Budget.

Discussion with a Job Network Client

One of our homeless community members has been obliged to attend some appointments with a Centrelink contracted Job Network agency in Williams St near the Cross.For the moment,the agency shall remain nameless. However, he was taken by the point that the Management Team members were overwhelmingly recently arrived and heavily accented foreigners – which we have no objection to. However their role is to promote unlivable wageslavery incomes of $16-$17 per hour -which for a single parent is totally unlivable in the Sydney City area…to which we object very strenuously.
Businesses which exist by hiring people at Unfair exploitation rates are really not and nor do they deserve to be , part of the business landscape.
Governments at any level which legislate for or to protect such worker exploitation are and should be held as publicly and equally accountable. As should government contracted service providers who use enable or benefit from such exploitative practices

YouthWing Schoolies

#Sydney #Homeless #YouthWing. 23 Year 12 graduates are nearly all seriously engaged in creating a Schoolies legacy which each will remember, I hope,as a milestone marker and gateway to the real world. Six Youth Wingers have gone to The Gold Coast, some to Lennox Head while others have taken holiday houses near Nowra and Newcastle.The Newcastle group, whose YouthWing members have told their class why they stay with YouthWing even invited the entire YouthWing up to share a barbie. Reports filtering back of rages and rigorous rules in the Party Towns as one would expect -but others are enjoying bushwalks and beaches and showing the world that drugs and alcohol just don’t kick it in their timelines. Reports from a YouthWinger with a large Class Group in GC are that the group are somewhat sombre in the realisation that they will no longer share each others daily lives -well, theres FB of course.
3 elected to stay at Youth Wing and are generally out spending what they saved on outrageous holiday priced Schoolies accom.

Thanks to all who have contributed to making these kids lives better -and understanding the absolute need to keep Youth away from invasive, family and community wrecking Government

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