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This Woman Is Desperately Trying To Leave Her House To Refugees

It's proving to be harder than you'd think.

30/06/2016 7:10 PM AEST | Updated July 15, 2016 12:56
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Julie, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last year, wants to leave her home to refugees.

Julie wants to leave her house to refugees when she dies, and that could be in the next six months or 10 years.

Julie, whose last name is being withheld to retain her privacy, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the end of last year.

Interviewed on The Project on Thursday night, Julie said she had tried to leave her home to a refugee organisation.

"The one that I contacted said they weren't set up to do that sort of thing. It's crazy, because I really did think that all I would have to do is nominate the person to choose a family.

"And I can't choose a family now, because if I don't shuffle off the earth for another ten years, what will they do in the meantime?" she said.

The house is worth up to $180,000, but Julie is struggling to give it away.

But if Julie doesn't know a family or someone directly to leave her home to, her desires become much more problematic.

Shine Lawyers partner, Tracey Ryan, told The Project there is a legal impediment to leaving your home to a non-specific person.

"You have to be able to identify the person, or the class of people, that you are actually leaving something to.

"A refugee family, you know, that is a very, very broad category and you can't actually work out who that is. It could apply to so many different people," Ryan said.

Julie doesn't understand why it's so difficult to pass on her home.

"I would have thought that they would be falling all over themselves to set up one of their clients, you know. There's everything for them here.

"If they have been granted access to the country anyway, then let's really roll out the welcome wagon and give them a home, too," she said.

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