People living in Public Housing in my electorate in the suburbs of Redfern and Waterloo continue to live in fear and squalor. Public policy failings include maintenance and a distinct lack of support services.
Is it any wonder when $37 million was cut to the Public Housing Maintenance budget? Now after the failure of one Minister’s administration, her replacement is a Minister from Vaucluse. I’m not sure how many residents from Vaucluse would be able to relate to the dreadful conditions that my constituents live in, which would be unacceptable for a developing country, let alone inner city Australia.
A Current Affair recently filmed the violence, anti social behaviour, and drug dealing that is rife in that area. As I said in the interview; When merchant bankers run the government instead of people caring about the poor this is the product".
Have a look at the program for yourself at http://youtu.be/dMfx4GCv7q4