Homelessness The Need For Political Will
The Melbourne Age today ran a front page story about homelessness, and the need for political will to spend money on accommodation and support to keep people in housing. The funding sought by the Council to Homeless Persons for its ten year plan is said to be less than half of the amount just promised by the state governemnt for new tennis facilties at Melbourne Park.
It goes without saying that there is something really wrong with a society that values its sport and international tourism over the care of its citizens. People sleep rough for many reasons, and most of us are not immune from that possibility for ourselves or someone close. But presumably we think we are, and so give ourselves permission to ignore people living in that way.
Game, set and match to the government that upgrades public housing before it upgrades the home of people hitting balls over a net for entertainment. (Much as I love tennis).