Sunday, 21 December 2008

Rudd gets it right on homelessness

From The Age..."Rudd launches plan to combat homelessness"

* December 21, 2008 - 12:20PM

"The Federal Government is aiming to halve the number of homeless people and accommodate all those sleeping rough under an ambitious new plan.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd today launched the Government's white paper in Sydney, which commits $1.2 billion over four years to building new housing and increasing services to prevent homelessness."

Good call Mr. Rudd.

Luke 2:7 (MSG)
7 She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The White Paper - The Road Home is very promising and provides a solid framework for The Salvation Army to partner with government, the community and business (as you always have done well) to redress the tragic problem of homelessness and bring hope and opportunity to thousands of Australians with no place to be. May God continue to bless you in this critical service.

David said...

This article describes a different view from the Salvos:

http://aap.newscentre.com.au/cpsunat/081222/library/people/19598683.html

Quote:

"THE Salvation Army has labelled the Rudd Government's promise to halve the number of homeless people by 2020 as ``overly ambitious'', comparing it to Bob Hawke's promise that no Australian child would live in poverty by 1990.

The Salvos also attacked Labor for failing to consult widely on its plans to spend more than $1.2billion to build new housing and increase services to prevent homelessness. A spokesman said the announcement had been rushed and key agencies, including itself, were left out of the loop.

He described the aim to halve homelessness by 2020 as ``akin to Bob Hawke's much-ridiculed claim he would eliminate child poverty in Australia''."

Jim Knaggs said...

This wasn't from the Salvos.

David said...

Still haven't found your mysterious "reputable" Australian newspaper.