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This case was discussed at Q-Shelter’s June Learning Exchange, here is a summary of this discussion.
When giving consideration, it is important to focus on the purpose of a decision or action. Participants of Q-Shelter’s May Learning Exchange determined the housing provider’s primary purpose was to secure the stability of Mia and Josh at their current location while also ensuring the safety and security of neighbours.
It was thought that the service provider needed to make sure Mia and Josh maintained their existing connections to mental health and education support services while receiving additional support to sustain the tenancy. It was also agreed that the service provider should talk to Mia and Josh’s neighbours to seek their understanding and identify their expectations.
When challenged with the question—what if the housing provider manager said, “We should evict these tenants. In these circumstances, we have always evicted, why wouldn’t we do that now?”—participants gave consideration to an eviction action.
Although an eviction notice could be lawfully issued under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (Qld), participants strongly agreed that Mia and Josh’s human rights would be significantly limited if evicted. Moving house would disrupt both their access to stable health services and Josh’s education as well as limit their right to Section 26: Protection of Families and Children of the Act, especially if they became homeless.
Participants thought that, in the circumstances, an eviction would not be necessary as there were less restrictive interventions that could be taken to support Mia and Josh and help sustain their tenancy. Overall, when considering the full facts, the benefits of achieving neighbour’s right to privacy and security did not outweigh the harm caused to Mia and Josh through eviction in this particular situation.HRHH QCOSSParticipant
There are 23 rights identified in the Act. Which would need to be considered when deciding on Mia’s tenancy situation?
We have highlighted those that need specific consideration in this situation?
Recognition and equality before the law
Right to life
Protection from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
Freedom from forced work
Freedom of movement
Freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief
Freedom of expression
Peaceful assembly and freedom of association
Taking part in public life
Privacy and reputation
Protection of families and children
Cultural rights—Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples
Right to liberty and security of person
Humane treatment when deprived of liberty
Rights in criminal proceedings
Children in the criminal process
Right not to be tried or punished more than once
Retrospective criminal laws
Right to education
Right to health services