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Lord Malcolm and the bureaucrats 3

27 Mar

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Dear Neil

Clover has asked me to let you know what action has been taken in response to your email about Malcolm’s situation. I am sorry to hear about his poor health.

Clover has asked the Area Director of the Department of Housing to withdraw the notice of termination and review Malcolm’s circumstances and health status and reconsider the Department’s current action.

When the Area Director responds to Clover, she will get back to you and let you know the outcome.

Please pass on Clover’s and our best wishes to Malcolm at Sacred Heart.
Thank you for acting on Malcolm’s behalf to alert Clover to the situation.

Please give me a call if the situation changes or you need other action from Clover.

Regards

Roy Bishop
Electorate Officer for Clover Moore MP
Independent Member for Sydney
58 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021 Australia

Glad I voted for her. 🙂

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Posted by on March 27, 2007 in Aussie interest, gay life/issues, Marcel, Personal

 

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7 responses to “Lord Malcolm and the bureaucrats 3

  1. Daniel

    March 27, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Your efforts are admirable, Neil. People like you, sadly, are all too few! Peace.

     
  2. ninglun

    March 27, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    All I did was use my blog! Also, Daniel, you are too pessimistic. There are legions of people who do far more than I have done…

     
  3. marcelproust

    March 27, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Clover is not the department; whilst it is admirable that she has intervened on Lord M’s behalf so promptly, the legal status of that intervention is actually no different from if you had written to the relevant official. Interventions by members of parliament on behalf of their constituents are rather a debased currency – they are made fairly freely, much in the spirit of Andrew Thomson’s reference on behalf of Tony Mokbel.

    Once people are organized and onto the case (and I think this will probably come down to Lord M’s social worker in the end) there is no way that Lord M should be evicted. On the one hand, the question about the money which he is said to owe can be straightened out. This is something which appears, understandably, to have been beyond Lord M’s capacity to deal with, but that’s just what the social worker is there for.

    Something happened, Marcel. There was an unfinished sentence at the end.

     
  4. ninglun

    March 27, 2007 at 9:01 pm

    There has been movement on this today from within the Department as well. I am sure too the social worker will continue his/her efforts to good effect. Clover’s intervention has certainly helped Malcolm’s morale. I suspect she (or her office) does have an ongoing connection with the local officials.

     
  5. marcelproust

    March 27, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    [second paragraph amended and continued: wrong button pressed before]

    Once people are organized and onto the case (and I think this will probably come down to Lord M’s social worker in the end) there is no way that Lord M should be evicted. On the one hand, the question about the money which he is said to owe can be straightened out. This is something which appears, understandably, to have been beyond Lord M’s capacity to deal with, but that’s just what the social worker is there for. On the other hand, the obvious hardship to him if he were to be evicted will be a reason to suspend any order which the relevant Tribunal might otherwise be obliged to make that would have the effect of evicting Lord M.

    I’m afraid I’ve slipped into legalese at the end of that last paragraph, but the main point I want to make, for Lord M’s benefit and reassurance as well, is that the letter from the Housing Dept is a form letter which has come because, it seems, according to them, he owes money which he has not paid. It looks like this is really because the Dept hasn’t received the right information, and that can be straightened out. If it still turns out that Lord M. owes the Dept money, it is still most unlikely that the Dept will continue to try to kick him out once it knows the full story. If, despite all that, the Dept tries to kick Lord M. out, the Dept will have to go to the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal to get orders to evict him, and I think that can be prevented. I am confident that this will all be cleared up, but if it isn’t, and actual legal assistance is required, you know where to find me.

     
  6. ninglun

    March 27, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    I will pass this on to him, Marcel, especially the last bit. Another factor is Lord M’s own estimate that his future is to be measured in weeks…

    (Readers may have guessed that Marcel is a barrister. His words are thus very well informed and very welcome.)

     
 
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