‘It could happen to anyone’: how losing work leads to homelessness

When David Ututaonga first started work in Sydney’s King Cross as a bouncer, he loved the social life and having a job where he was always talking to people.

Now, at the age of 53, he says the security industry no longer wants to employ “cavemen” like him – it prefers bouncers who are “young and funky”.

“It’s a new generation and a new clientele and they want someone who is more upmarket. The days are gone of the old caveman or the gentlemen who stood at the front door,” he said.

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