Paying The Rent
WARM’s Business Meeting accepted a proposal from Indigenous Concerns Committee to commence Paying The Rent. This brings into being a scheme whereby funds are paid to acknowledge the advantage gained in occupying Indigenous Land.
There are two primary actions to be undertaken:
Organisations suggested to individuals who may wish to participate in Paying the Rents are:
The following wording is offered as a suggestion for a letter to accompany the rent:
Friends are reminded that WARM now has a policy of “Paying the Rent”. This means that each year 2% of the nett income received by WARM in the previous year (less the Yearly Meeting Quota) will be paid to an Indigenous organisation. This is a practice followed by several Quaker Meetings in Australia, and is based on a suggestion by Robert Cock who attended Friends’ Meetings in South Australia in the 19th Century. Please note that basing the calculation on the previous years’ income means that the amount paid is a percentage of real income, whereas calculating on the current years’ budget, as Indigenous Concerns Committee first proposed, would mean working from estimated income, a less suitable undertaking.
This year the amount will be paid to the Boronia Pre-Release Centre for Women. This will enable the continuation of a programme in which Elders (women who have succeeded in changing their lives for the better) are brought to Boronia to speak of their experiences. It will also provide funds for exit packs, consisting of second-hand linen and some toiletries, and also for the appropriate packaging of these. This provision is made as some have nothing at all in the way of possessions when released.