How Homelessness Compromises the Exercise of the Rights of Citizenship in Australia

By Emily Schindeler.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper is drawn from an analysis of the impact of the Australian Government’s legal, policy and administrative frameworks on the ability of people who are homeless to access entitlements available to all Australian citizens. Despite a claim to legislative protections and anti discrimination statute, this examination reveals a history of exclusion in which the homeless have been denied equal access to such entitlements, dating from pre-federation through the twenty first century. It concludes by posing an alternative way of thinking that has the potential to reframe and redress the failure to protect and enable the exercise of such rights by those who are homeless.

Keywords: Citizenship, Discrimination, Homeless

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.525-534. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 607.819KB).

Dr. Emily Schindeler

Lecturer, School of Justice Studies, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

With a background in applied research, key interests include human rights as experienced by diverse populations in a wide range of contexts and the nature of discourse and governance which impact on the realization of individual and group rights.

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