Government policy causes homelessness 

Dino Varrasso Homelessness has increased to 116,000 people in Australia, according to a report by Melbourne-based housing support agency Launch Housing. In the five years to 2016, the report found, homelessness jumped by 48 percent in Sydney, 36 percent in Darwin and 14 percent nationally. The number of...CONTINUE READING

Crime rates drop but Indigenous people being jailed more than ever

Dino Varrasso Throughout Australia, crime rates have decreased, but the incarceration rate – particularly of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders – has increased dramatically. Despite making up only 3 percent of the population, Indigenous people are 28 percent of the prison population. According to th...CONTINUE READING

A simple solution to homelessness

Dino Varrasso Amid continual assaults against social security, public housing and wages, homelessness is rising in Europe, the UK, the US and Australia. An exception is Finland – where homelessness has fallen by 35 percent in the past eight years. The reason for the decrease is simple: the Finnish gover...CONTINUE READING

Evictions rise, yet Vic government sells public housing

Dino Varrasso The number of evictions in Victoria has risen dramatically in the past four years – from almost 18,000 in 2012 to more than 43,000 in the 2016-17 financial year. The reason is straightforward: as banks and property developers make astronomical profits from skyrocketing housing prices and r...CONTINUE READING