Compass - Boarding House Blues
We step inside one of the staple institutions of Australian city and big town life...the boarding-house, which over the years has housed thousands of people seeking cheap accommodation and in more recent years, provided a base for many with mental disabilities.
In fact, these days, boarding-houses are almost never considered salubrious places. In the 1980s, they received very bad press, and justifiably so. Some scandalously rundown houses were exposed where vulnerable people were exploited and appalling services provided.
But some proprietors do try very hard and the question we raise tonight is this: how do we as a community properly care for the people who still call boarding-houses home.
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