Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

NA­TIONAL ser­vice­men in the Nashos WA Group will hold their Christ­mas re­union on De­cem­ber 6 in the Gos­nells Ho­tel at mid­day on that Satur­day.

Any for­mer Nashos and their part­ners are wel­come to mix in and join the group.

It formed as only five mem­bers in 2008 and now has a grow­ing mem­ber­ship. Any for­mer Nashos wish­ing to con­tact the group can call 9497 9879 or 0402 576 086 or email

We are also sav­ing our Na­tional Ser­vice his­tory in pla­toon or sec­tion pho­tos. To view the web­site of pho­tos that the group has man­aged to save visit­ BOB McGUIRE, Ar­madale. the Lib­eral MP for Bel­mont, Glenys Godfrey, asked the Hous­ing Min­is­ter Bill Marmion to put a Homeswest prop­erty in Cloverdale on the mar­ket in an at­tempt to ad­dress anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, by re­duc­ing pub­lic hous­ing con­cen­tra­tions in the area.

Why does Ms Godfrey be­lieve that the dis­rup­tive be­hav­iour that pre­vi­ously came from that prop­erty war­rants it be­ing sold?

Is it re­ally con­cern for peo­ple on the wait­ing list for pub­lic hous­ing, or is she sug­gest­ing that peo­ple who live in pub­lic hous­ing are the prob­lem when it comes to anti-so­cial be­hav­iour?

Most think­ing peo­ple re­alise that pub­lic hous­ing ten­ants don’t have a mort­gage on bad be­hav­iour.

Ms Godfrey be­lieves that by sell­ing the Cloverdale prop­erty the money could be used to buy new hous­ing stock in an area with a lower state hous­ing pres­ence.

Ms Godfrey, the sale of one prop­erty in Cloverdale would be a Band-Aid on a huge weep­ing sore – some­thing of a na­tional dis­grace.

In a coun­try as wealthy as Aus­tralia, there are about 225,000 peo­ple wait­ing for pub­lic hous­ing and here in Western Aus­tralia there are some­thing like 25,000 ap­pli­ca­tions on the pub­lic hous­ing wait­ing list.

If Ms Godfrey is so con­cerned about the length of pub­lic hous­ing wait­ing lists, why doesn’t her Gov­ern­ment start se­ri­ously in­vest­ing in pub­lic hous­ing that is ac­ces­si­ble, af­ford­able, se­cure, com­fort­able and in lo­ca­tions that pro­vide good ac­cess to em­ploy­ment, health­care, pub­lic trans­port, schools and other so­cial fa­cil­i­ties?

Come on Ms Godfrey, please get se­ri­ous and leave 408 Daly Street alone – some fam­ily needs a home in Cloverdale. KEVIN WATKINS, River­vale.

– anony­mous via Issy Kilov

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