Ending Homelessness in Australia ASAP
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Tasmania's current housing crisis has revealed a need to end homelessness, which will also fix the housing crisis. As homelessness is a national tragedy, a national solution is needed. Finland solved their homelessness problem, by providing homes, which was found to be less expensive than support services for the homeless, and was a far healthier outcome for the formerly homeless person. If Finland can solve homelessness, what is our problem in Australia? Why are we preferring the more expensive option of denying homes to the homeless? Why are we choosing a style of economics and politics that makes people homeless? In 1948 our nation helped to draft and signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which in Article 25 states, "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services". By allowing fellow citizens to be homeless in our wealthy nation, Australia is in breach of our human rights obligations. If citizens agree that it is our moral responsibility to provide homes for all citizens, then the pressure of numbers will lead to political action to meet the basic universal human right to a home. If we simply follow Finland in solving homelessness, and work together as a nation to provide homes for all citizens, we will be building a stronger and happier nation.
Authorised by: J Bolton, 39A Bridge Street, Ross, 7209, Tasmania
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