EMPTY HOUSE AN IN­DICT­MENT

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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

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