admin 21 June 2012, 8:29am
More than 105,000 Australians belong to The Invisible City, says Tess Lawrence, and some of them may be people you know.
So, I'm making a humanitarian – and not a political – endorsement of Turnbull.
Independent Australia is doing what we can in our own way - and that is to lend support to St Vinnies for the fab and non-judgemental work they do — and to support Malcolm and/or any other participants in the CEO Sleepout.
The thing is that participants will be able to pack up and go home to a warm bed after the open-air sleepover.
But for tens of thousands of us, we have to find another bridge to sleep under, another dumpster to crawl into, another derelict place in which to squat— as well as deal with all the awful issues impacting upon our lives.
If we have not love in our hearts for homeless strangers, let us find compassion.
If we cannot condone their lives, let us not judge.
If we are frightened or disgusted of such people, let us help fund those who are not — such as Vinnies
If we feel we are hopeless and cannot make any difference to the lives of others, then at least support those who are more optimistic of the human spirit and the capacity of the individual to change their lives around.
There are thousands of us who still cannot call Australia home. And many who never will.
But it is true that there but for the grace of your god and the godless, go you.
And most certainly, I.
Re: Tess, Please Help Australia's Homeless Get Through Winter
|Dear Tess,Sydney’s inner city houses some of the richest and poorest members of our community, often living within metres of each other.Tomorrow night [Ed: tonight] I will take part in the Vinnies CEO sleepout -- an opportunity to better understand the daily struggle that the homeless face and their battle to maintain dignity in our city.|
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That battle would be much harder if it were not for the amazing work that a handful of charities do, among them the St Vincent de Paul Society.
I would encourage everyone to visit their website here and donate to this important cause.
|Yours sincerely,Malcolm Turnbull|