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Olympics    SVdP HOPING FOR OBSERVANCE OF OLYMPICS PROTOCOL FOR HOMELESS
Welcoming the NSW Government's pledge that homeless people on the streets during the Olympics would not be "moved on", a St Vincent de Paul Society spokesman said its success depends upon whether authorities are trained to follow it.
    Three months ago, housing minister Andrew Refshauge said the government would "respect" the right of the homeless to sleep in public places. This promise has now taken the form of a 'homeless protocol' guarantee, a document for use by authorities around the CBD and at 'Olympics Live' sites in the inner-city.
    SVdP spokesman Colin Robinson welcomed the protocol, which was devised in consultation with non-government organisations - including the St Vincent de Paul Society - through the NSW Council of Social Services.
    "I think it's adequate," Mr Robinson said. "It's a matter of whether everyone who knows about it understands it and is trained and able to use it."
    He added that the inner-city hostels had embarked upon an education campaign to make homeless people aware of the protocol. The City of Sydney was also producing cards to be handed out to homeless persons, he said.
   
Cath Weekly
   
18 Sep 00



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