TasCOSS Op/Ed: Poor and deserving

By Kym Goodes, CEO, TasCOSS

When did being poor make you a bad person? And since when did we believe that all rich people are good?

Why do many in our communities take a default position against social housing proposals, even aged care facilities for elderly Tasmanians?

This is what we’ve heard said publicly following the proposal for an aged care home on Crown Land in Bellerive: A kneejerk reaction of fear from a few loud opponents. And just what exactly are they saying they’re afraid of?

The rhetoric boils down to fear about caring for disadvantaged people in their neighbourhood and exposes the picture some in our communities have of what people living on the lowest of income are like.  That they are to be feared, shunned and may put their quiet lives at risk.

It’s shocking to realise but, actually, these fellow human beings are just like all of us.

They are people. They are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents and friends. They have hopes, fears, laughter and sadness just like us. They love their families and their communities and cherish their best memories, just like us.

Read the full Op/Ed.

Photo credit: Bystander Photography & Design