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Issue #1534      8 February 2012

Save Public Housing – Glebe

A well attended public meeting held in Glebe (Sydney) on February 1 heard details of the state government’s plans to privatise much of public housing land at Cowper Street in this inner city suburb. The meeting was unanimous that the government has to reinstate public housing on the site.

Denis Doherty addressing the public meeting in Glebe regarding the Cowper Street development. (Photo: Fiona Byrnes)

Speakers included local Green MP Jamie Parker and Michelle Fraser and Denis Doherty from the local residents group Hands off Glebe.

Housing stress in the municipality is up over 17 percent and this is repeated in many areas of Sydney. Yet the Liberal state government does not even have a housing minister.

The numbers of homeless are rising yet the government is determined to do away with public housing through the fiction of “public private partnerships”.

The meeting heard how the project will place the poorest public tenants in 10 storey vertical slums while the best parts of the block will go to the private sector. The project will not achieve the so-called “mix” of different economic groups but enhance division and discrimination against the poor.

The campaign for Cowper Street demands that the demolished buildings be replaced with more and better public housing with no privatisation.

The campaign moves to the next stage when the Development Application goes before the Sydney Central Planning Committee this month. We plan to pack out the meeting.

The CPA Port Jackson Branch has been involved with Hands off Glebe since the 2010 federal election and has been campaigning with them to save and extend public housing in Glebe.  

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