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Social Housing paper criticised as out of touch

By Kieran Adair Ending the year with the release of the Social Housing in NSW discussion paper Minister for Family and Community Services,Gabrielle Upton looks like she’ll be heading into an equally contentious 2015. It follows the controversial sell-off of Millers Point public housing and has already come under criticism from those that fear it […]

Government faces roadblocks to homelessness reform

The NSW Upper House has ordered the state government to release all documents relating to its controversial reforms to homelessness services. The reform package, called Going Home Staying Home, introduced competitive tendering to homelessness services across NSW. The tender process resulted in the takeover of all of NSW’s women’s only refuges and women’s specific services, […]

Councils coy on amalgamations

Waverley Council has refused to guarantee a public referendum on a potential amalgamation with surrounding Local Government Areas (LGAs). Councils across Sydney are being urged to prepare submissions for the NSW Government regarding potential amalgamations and mergers under proposals from the Government’s Fit for the Future reform document. Fit for the Future recommends a merger […]

Triumph for women’s services

NSW Parliament will debate the closure of women's homelessness services under the NSW Government's Going Home Staying Home reforms. A number of activist groups and local and state politicians have lobbied the state government since it announced the reforms. On the 11th of August, NSW Labor received a petition with over 14,000 signatures of those […]

Inner city services for homeless women axed

With around 20 women’s homelessness services in the inner city set to close, many are asking just where these women will go after doors shut in July. As part of the Going Home Staying Home reforms, the state government is diverting at least $5 million in funding from the inner city to regional areas. Homelessness […]

Labor ‘could have saved Millers Point’: Greenwich

Labor could have prevented the sell-off of public housing at Millers Point if it had helped amend legislation related to the Barangaroo casino, MP Alex Greenwich says. In November, the independent member for Sydney called on the opposition to “tie their support for [the casino] to the retention of public housing in Millers Point and […]