Thatcherism in Queensland Housing

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 Article 25 (1)

Margaret Thatcher handed over the keys and deeds when 39 Amersham Road, Essex was purchased under the right-to-buy. Photograph: Pa/PA Archive/Press Association Ima
'Margaret Thatcher made 
a huge impact on the 
housing sector during her 
time in office, and we can 
still feel the effects (of 
the housing crisis) today' 
            — The Guardian

In the 1980s Margaret Thatcher created vast slums of private housing — emptying England’s cities of poor people and replacing them with the gentry.

‘The deserving poor’: QCAT duped and submissive to Dept of Housing yet again
On the 28 January 2014 the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works applied to Queensland Civil Administration Tribunal [QCAT] to kick aboriginal family out of house on the pretext that thousands of people are lining up for the house.

Listen to the judgement of QCAT where the member (judge) gives his judgement based in part on there being thousands of more deserving people lining up for public housing. Dept of Housing and QCAT worked together in secrecy. The tenant was not served with a notice that an application for eviction was to be made. This is required by law. An appeal was lodged against this judgement, but QCAT member who heard all but one of the four applications ruled against the appeal ‘on the papers’. The tenant was refused right of appearance. If you listen closely to the recording of the judgement the member refers to a hearing in October. On that occasion two of the tenant’s witnesses were arrested in the precincts of the court. One before the hearing was even commenced. This is nogt only a contempt of court by the police involved  but a travesty of natural justice – that a respondent can answer the applicants witnesses with supporting testimony of her own witnesses.

So what does the Department of Housing immediately do after evicting its aboriginal tenants? You only have to go to RealEstate.com to find out the answer to that.

“84 Dawson Parade Keperra

Potential Packed

With a solid blank canvas to work with first home buyers, investors and renovators will have unlimited scope and potential to put their own stamp on this original post war home.

With 3 large built-in bedrooms, eat-in kitchen, spacious living room and polished boards throughout all the ingredients are here ready for some decorative flair and styling.”

Privatisation of Public Housing in Queensland.
The Queensland government is liquidating 10% of its stock of post war homes and using the money to finance private developers to replace public housing with private development.

The Minister for Housing is doing what Thatcher did: sell the housing of the poor so that the private sector can benefit.

This is a question of human rights and discrimination against an aboriginal family exposed to the racism of neighbours.

It is an economic question because some gain the benefit of others being treated unfairly.

“The ultimate measure of a man (sic) is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ian Curr
9 May 2014

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