June 14, 2008, Herald Sun:
A FAMILY of 13 were bunking down on the floor of an acquaintance's house last night as Victoria's rental crisis hit a critical new low.That's two self-inflicted problems for the price of one: immigration causing a housing crisis, and their birthrates are off the scale - making the future problem twice as bad. Somebody take the razor blades off the Australian public who keep voting for self-harm.
The two adults and 11 children, refugees from Afghanistan, had feared ending up on Melbourne's cold streets after a desperate search for emergency housing failed to turn up suitable accommodation.
Father Hussein Zaghar declined the only emergency accommodation offered late in the day -- a one-room cabin at a caravan park 80km from Melbourne ...
The exhausted parents last night accepted a last-minute offer to bunk down at the home of a St Albans acquaintance, another ex-Afghan refugee.
"The acquaintance lives with his wife and seven children in a five-bedroom home in Hillside," Ms Heaney said. "That makes a total of four adults and 18 children sleeping on the floors for the weekend, when the search will start again."