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Your views: on sheltering the homeless, and Centrelink

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Today, readers comment on accommodating rough sleepers to help limit coronavirus transmission, and social security processing.

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Commenting on the story: Adelaide rough sleepers put up in motels to limit coronavirus spread

There must also be facilities at the Showgrounds that could be converted to comfortable areas for people to sleep shower and be given nutritious meals.

Rough sleepers need to be looked after as do their pets. Lets hope this happens ASAP. – Pam Marks

Commenting on the story: Govt’s Centrelink apology after “maybe a million” left homeless

I deeply sympathise with those people queuing outside Centrelink offices. They deserve better service than others have experienced in the recent past.

In a case I’m familiar with, eligibility for the aged pension was verbally supported, but the application process was chronically dysfunctional and constipated.

It took approaches to local MPs for assistance after 11 months of confusion and blockage to produce real light at the end of the tunnel.

One should not have to do this, of course. But, a potential ‘silver lining’ with Australian Parliament in abeyance until August is MPs will have far more time to roll up their sleeves and help constituents who are in many cases confronting broken or under-resourced administrative systems.

We should insist that they do. Jim Allen

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