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Fremantle, Western Australia

Old Court House, Mouat St, Fremantle by Andrew Priest, on Flickr

This photograph continues my social history project documenting both the mundane and the interesting in the City of Fremantle and surrounding areas through the medium of Waymarking. The image was taken in April 2023.

Today this heritage-listed building is Notre Dame University’s ‘The Justice Owen Moot Court.’

The court was built in 1884 and ceased life as a court in 1897. It has been used for various purposes since, including offices and a men’s refuge.

Today, as a moot court it has a judge’s bench and witness enclosure from the former Beaufort Street Police courts.

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John King

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Beaumaris, Melbourne, Australia
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All but the poorest of the poor among us here live better than this, Irene.

It is a national disgrace here, in the richest country in the world, that some still have to sleep on the streets. Even some women with children! The latter generally a product of domestic violence.

It makes me very angry on a daily basis.
Mostly (99%?) due to government inaction on keeping up with public housing. Here in Victoria, the most socialist state in Australia, public housing spending/acquisition has dropped by 40% over the last 40 years! This is beyond disgraceful!

Meanwhile, the government wasted $30 billion on a desalination plant that was not needed, and has never been used through necessity. Our dams were 30% full then (end of a drought), and are currently 100% full - about 4 years of zero rainfall from being empty.

How many public school places, public hospital beds and public housing units could have been built with that $30 billion? Lots!