New logo and posters, Budget analysis, and reports from Claymore public housing, Residential Parks, and the Roomshare Sector.
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New look, new poster

We've got a new logo! It's bright and colourful, and we hope it evokes the work we do: helping tenants find the key to asserting their rights. We've also produced a new poster in collaboration with the Find Legal Answers website of the State Library of NSW. The poster promotes the Tenants Rights Manual - our practical, up-to-date guide to renting which is available free online and in NSW Public Libraries. 2,500 copies of the poster are in the mail to community organisations and being put up in cafes around NSW. If you'd like (more) copies please email us! Also, we'd love you to take a photo of the poster in your community and email it to us or post it on our Facebook page

Agitated at Claymore

TU Exec Officer Julie Foreman recently visited Claymore in south-west Sydney. Read her report about what's happening to public housing there, and about one of the community's many achievements: the Claymore Community Laundromat and Coffee Shop. Also check out their great new youtube promo.

Unfair and Unsustainable

Analysing the State and Federal Budgets from a housing perspective

To help make sense of the recent Federal and State Budgets, the TU Policy team offers the following:
• Ned Cutcher gives an overview of the Federal Budget and argues that we will have to choose our parents wisely.
• Dr Robert Mowbray offers Reflections on an Inequitable Federal Budget.
• Dr Chris Martin comments on the NSW State Budget: Social housing will continue to consume itself.
• Dr Martin also presents a series of posts intended to furnish readers with background knowledge which can be applied to the Budgets, the Commission of Audit, etc: Government finances from the perspective of  Modern Monetary Theory.

Outasite Lite

The TU has begun publishing Outasite Lite. This well-respected newsletter is full of news and views for Park Residents and their advocates. It used to be published by the Parks and Village Service (which unfortunately is no longer funded as part of the Tenants Advice and Advocacy Program). Check out Outasite or subscribe here.

Roomshare sector report

TU Project Officer Jemima Mowbray and Senior Policy Officer Dr Chris Martin have done a joint research report on the roomshare sector. After analysing 224 ads from the classifieds site Gumtree they found the roomshare sector is not complying with the reforms in the Boarding Houses Act.

More news

• For National Reconcialiation Week, TU Aboriginal Legal Officer Galit Aflalo reflects on times past and times ahead for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander People.
• Get a 'Save Millers Point' T-shirt designed by Reg Mombassa. At the Captain Cook Hotel (33-35 Kent Street Millers Point) or online. $30. Proceeds to the campaign to save Millers Point.
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