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Today, readers comment on some city services losing funding under the Marshall Government’s homelessness reform.

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Commenting on the story: Hutt Street Centre jobs on line after ‘callous’ funding cut

Sounds like an attempt by government to move homelessness out of the CBD and into the suburbs where it’s less visible. Why else is it divided into north and south? – Dee Cooper

Am sitting here feeling hollowed out after reading of the government funding cuts to charities.

Appears to me that just as in years gone by, it is the Catholic charities mainly getting the chop.

Despite the wonderful work undertaken for decades by Hutt St, Catherine House, St Vincent de Paul, their funding will all be cut but the expectation, to quote the Minister, is that they will be able to manage.

With rising homelessness, domestic violence, economic suffering, managing will not be enough.

No, instead the same old roundabout. Just shuffle the same money around, call it a smart(?) new title and Voila! Magically all will be well.

Obviously a splendid record of service, devoted volunteers and staff, decades of experience in the field and an army of clients cared for just isn’t worthy of notice.

Possibly that is because no government agency understands the importance of such things, as they have never, ever consistently achieved such care of their people as have the above organisations. Need, not creed, the driving force.

Mr Marshall, your team did us proud re Covid. Why? Because you stepped back and took the advice of the real experts. Not your ministers at the soft end, the eraser end. The ones at the real pointy end.

How about doing the same here. Maybe an ‘alliance’ with everyone involved would have been a better proposition for all concerned. Especially the clients. – Elizabeth James

Once again the government and its senior public servants strike a blow against the poor and desperate needy with huge cuts to Hutt Street Centre and Catherine House.

Why make savage cuts to services which are so experienced and effective? What happens to those in desperate need? Where is the heart of compassion and sense of justice? – Maurice Shinnick

I’m disgusted at this stripping of funds from established providers. The only answer is more social housing. Neither Labor nor Liberal have faced up to this glaring fact. – Leeanne Meredith

It is amazing that this Government should punish the most vulnerable of our society. By defunding the very successful Hutt St Centre, more people will have to sleep rough and go hungry.

Shouldn’t the Government establish their new magic solution first and see how it is going to actually work out before defunding this crucial centre? If there are administrative problems they should be addressed first before such a drastic decision is implemented.

That the government which is prepared to spend millions on a new stadium we do not need should cut this most important service is a real disgrace. – Laura Pieraccini

I read with dismay and utter disbelief  that Government funding for the Hutt Street Centre and Catherine House will be drastically reduced.

Both Centres have provided a critical need for the wellbeing and at times the very existence of those who have passed through their doors.

I feel that Government assistance is better placed in the hands of those who have successfully been able to administer compassion, hope and dignity to those needing help and the proposal to reduce funding to these Centres will greatly diminish the services they provide to the detriment of those in need in the community.

I hope the people of Adelaide speak up and urge the Government to reconsider their decision. Margaret Considine

Rubbish! Putting anything out to tender means bidders going as low as possible, and this usually leads to cost cutting and poorer service.

The ones to suffer under minister Lensink’s new “seamless” system of “alliances” will inevitably be the homeless, as well  as those who will lose jobs because their agency has been defunded.

We already have a less efficient train service because of this government’s cost cutting, now this piece of callous “economising”. What else will they sell off next? – Maureen Howland

This smacks of ivory tower mentality with little understanding of what happens at grassroots level, governed by a misunderstanding of real values and costs together with existing savings.

The lack of consultation suggests a monumental blunder. Unfortunately happens too often. – Eric Sando

Commenting on the story: ‘He loved the business of politics’: SA Labor veteran dies

This is heartbreaking news. My warmest sympathy to Kay and the family at this very sad time. – Angela Bannon

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