For example, the elderly is a classic, these are the groups of people who people will scam on purpose and take advantage of their lack of skills when it comes to an online presence, as the elderly have somewhat a trusting demeanour about them, a certain naivety if you will.
Another example is those who have a mental illness, for whatever reason people out there seem to find it justifiable to take advantage of a person who is in a situation where they are suffering from a mental illness.
Then there are those who maybe semi-literate or illiterate as church groups and the likes of have them sign themselves into which ever program it is that is aimed allegedly to assist this group of individuals and the individual has no understanding of what it is that he or she is signing into, much less a total and full understanding of what the group is aimed at providing.
We have families out there sleeping in cars and make shift accommodation, adolescents who are doing it rough (for lack of better words), and elderly who are being used and abused on a daily basis while the majority seem to turn a blind eye to it.
If we don’t see it or pretend we don’t see it then its not really going on seems to be the attitude of those who bury their heads in the preverbal sand and ignore situations that are causing people to fall further into the pit of poverty and no self-worth.
Within the Ipswich region there is government organisations shutting its doors for the final time on a weekly basis, services like the tenancy advice and advocacy who give tenants advice that they would not be able to receive anywhere else.
We are seeing more and more people being listed on data base listings such as TIQA, DDU, and other data collection agencies, due to malice of those placing them on these listings, or a human error when keying in a person’s information, yet the mistake made is one that is not easily corrected.
Which brings me to where is it we turn to have our voices heard about those who are already suffering, and in situations where life is no longer a battle it is simply impossible, in order for these people to have a voice once again?
It is certainly not our local council, nor the ombudsman, as you will find that your complaint and or enquiry is put onto and passed off to this department then that department whilst in the meantime you’re left literally in the cold, waiting for somebody somewhere to assist you.
Therefore I have concluded taking complaints and issues to the government is no more than a waste of time and energy, further more I have concluded that it’s not as simple as bury ones head in the sand any longer as we watch others sink into the darkness of poverty and below, whilst the boats arrive on our shorelines at alarming rates daily and those on those boats receive government assistance before that of our own Australian citizens.
I hang my head in almost shame as I wonder just who or how do we restore balance to a country that has flooded burned and continues to smoulder with people losing jobs, homes, and having data base entries against their names making renting any form of stable accommodation impossible regardless of the situation that has led to this person’s name being listed in the first place.
It makes me wonder how do we help those elderly out there who need a helping hand, not simply to be put into the corner of the outskirts by some god loving god praising group who are funded by the government who rob peter to pay Paul and take it back from peter when they choose.
Is there any hope left out there?