EMPTY HOUSE AN INDICTMENT
ONE can easily see the attitude of the State Government reflected in those of Glenys Godfrey and Housing Minister Bill Marmion in their response to a neglected public housing property in Daly Street, Cloverdale.
Why is such a property empty when there are so many people struggling in our community?
There are people living in cars, older people unable to afford private rents on their pensions – indeed denied access to the housing list if they try to work a few hours to supplement their pension and to assist with these rents – and families not on FIFO rates who are caught in the high rent trap.
We should consider selling this property. It should be developed for the public use as it was intended – the house done up for a family, or the block developed to house several families or single people.
This Government’s constant selling of public housing buildings and sites has led to a crisis in housing for people on limited incomes.
In addition, the fact that these houses, and other types of accommodation, are vacant when the housing waiting list of desperate people is so long is an indictment on the financial management of the Housing Department and indeed State Government generally.
I don’t hear any real objections or pressure from our Opposition either.
Mrs Godfrey says she is focusing on empty homes. Does this mean there are more in the Belmont area?
An investigation should be carried out into an obviously incompetent Housing Department, which leaves people living in misery while publicly owned properties are allowed to deteriorate. VERA FARR, Redcliffe. done nothing more in my view than to conduct a campaign to persecute public housing and public housing tenants in Belmont.
I believe this campaign is to foster division in the community for political advantage and it has been done with covert support from the WA Liberal Party.
During the Federal Election in September 2013, a "B. Morton of 640 Murray Street, West Perth" authorised and distributed within Belmont a political leaflet that sought to disparage a section of the community.
The leaflet clearly inferred that criminals inhabited Homeswest