Buswell’s Homeswest policies heartless, populist and cruel to mentally ill and the disabled
1 August 2011
Greens MLC Alison Xamon has accused the Minister for Housing, Troy Buswell, of putting popularity before humanity as his Homeswest’s Disruptive Behaviour Management Strategy continues to directly cause homelessness for mentally ill people and people with an acquired brain injury.
“This is Homeless Awareness Week, so I would hope that the Minister takes this opportunity to reflect on what impact his ill thought out policies are having on mentally ill and disabled people and their families,” Ms Xamon, Greens WA Spokesperson on Mental Health and Disabilities said today.
“A case in point is that of one of my constituents, a schizophrenic man, who was living in a Homeswest property and sadly found his mental health deteriorating to the point where it disrupted the neighbours. The neighbours, of course, have the right to live in a safe and peaceful environment. However, at this point, medical intervention was needed. But instead of ensuring that happened, Homeswest evicted my constituent who, after spending time in Graylands is now languishing in prison and ironically unable to apply for bail because he has been made homeless.
“What humane person would consider this a good outcome? These Homeswest policies are cruel and lacking compassion.
“Having said that, since there has been media coverage of this issue, I have had a number of heart-warming calls from people offering their support and best wishes, one even offering to have my constituent live with him. If the members of the community can step up with such profound compassion then surely the Minister can show some moral courage and do likewise.
“Everyone in WA should know what impact Buswell’s policies are having on some of our State’s most vulnerable people. We need intelligent and forward-thinking solutions to this complex problem, so I’m throwing down the gauntlet to Mr Buswell. Are you capable of genuine long term humane solutions for our most vulnerable citizens? Or are you more interested in your cheap talking tough?” Ms Xamon concluded.
Hon Alison Xamon MLC
Member for the East Metropolitan Region
Office: 62 Eighth Ave Maylands WA 6051
Postal Address: PO Box 104 Maylands WA 6931
Phone: (08) 9272 1718
Fax: (08) 9272 1719
Portfolios: Water, Urban Bushland, Mental Health, Education, Training, Industrial Relations, Employment, Occupational Health & Safety, Disabilities, Women, Children & Youth, Public Service, Community Services,Electoral Affairs, Consumer Protection, Vet Affairs, Volunteering