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Issue #1916      May 25, 2020

ADELAIDE CITY COUNCIL BY-ELECTION

VICTORY FOR INDEPENDENCE

Adelaide City Council had been racked with dysfunction and factionalism from a group called “The Adelaide Team,” their majority faction credited leader Houssam Abiad resigned to take up a position in Saudi Arabia. His resignation left Team Adelaide without a majority but they are still a lobby block.

Houssam Abiad resigned to take up a position in Saudi Arabia.

ART IS INTRINSIC TO HUMANS

The great news is in the by-election for the council vacancy the Adelaide Team candidate was soundly defeated, despite being formally endorsed and promoted by the Property Council SA division. The overwhelming rejection by the electorate should send a clear message that factionalism is not acceptable. The victorious incumbent, Greg Mackie, has an arts background (a history buff and former bookseller) and has vowed to be an independent voice. His election may be the circuit breaker needed to allow the work of the council to proceed and diminish the influence of factionalism which has racked the council for more than a year.

The council is to spend $20,000 on an urgent investigation to determine whether elected members bad behaviour has impacted staff wellbeing. The administration has had to watch violent language and violent events.

HUT STREET HOMELESS SHELTER UNDER REVIEW

Yet again the Hut street homeless shelter is under attack. Traders along the inner city street, who have a sympathetic ear on the council, have long campaigned to have the centre removed because they claim that it affects their businesses and causes increased crime in the area. The SA police have refuted this claim.

The shelter sees about 200 homeless each day, which is in accordance with approved guidelines. However, the Adelaide City Council will press ahead with a legal review to determine if the centre was operating against land use approvals by seeing too many people each day. The deputy Lord Mayor Alexander Hyde raised the issue following claims from nearby traders that the centres increasing development would infringe planning rules.

The centre was granted approval in April 2020 to modify and upgrade with a $2.2 million a new laundry, locker room, art and recreation spaces, foyer, canopy, and outdoor kitchen.

CAPITALIST ECONOMY WILL RESULT IN HOMELESSNESS RISE

The Australian government report on government services from 2017-18 for the housing and homelessness sector allocated just $121.2 million for South Australia and also received the poultry sum of $17.3 million funding for remote indigenous housing.

Low-income families living in South Australia with rental stress in 2015-16 was 47,648 ABS figures, an increase of 16,000 from previous years 2007-8. The numbers will climb substantially since the unemployment in SA is anticipated to be at least ten per cent plus by capitalist economists.

DEFINITION OF HOMELESSNESS

Homelessness (Hutt Street Shelters definition), is a state in which people have no access to safe and secure shelter of a standard that does not damage their health, threaten their personal safety, or further marginalise them through failing to provide either cooking facilities or facilities that permit adequate personal hygiene.

ABS figures latest published 2016, Housing and Population showed South Australia had 6,224 (37.1 people per 10,000) homeless and an increase of seven per cent since 2011.

How old are they?

Under 12 years 14% (15,872)

12 – 18 years 10% (10,913)

19 – 24 years 15% (15,325)

25 – 34 years 18% (19,321)

35 – 44 years 14% (14,484)

45 – 54 years 12% (12,507)

55 – 64 years 8% (8,649)

65 – 74 years 4% (4,174)

75 and over 2% (2,028)

WHAT CAUSES HOMELESSNESS?

No one chooses to be homeless. Homelessness results from many complex reasons and some of which include:

  • Lack of affordable rental housing
  • Domestic and family violence (family breakdown)
  • Financial crisis (federal governments wage restraint, lack of income security)
  • Severe and persistent mental illness and psychological distress (mental health concerns)
  • People exiting prison
  • Poverty
  • Addiction issues such as drug and alcohol or gambling
  • Abuse (physical, sexual, and emotional)
  • Financial strain has a significant detrimental effect on family relationships.

Homelessness is inherent in the capitalist system of “profits before people” and until we have a system change to a socialist economy homelessness will continue and unfortunately grow under the present bankrupt capitalism.

Next article – TRANSLATING THE POLITICAL SPIN

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