By Ben Wilson
The Morrison government’s decision to start withdrawing emergency support is a kick in the teeth for those who find themselves out of work because of Covid. Contrast this with the generous loan facility to be set up for mining projects, and protection against loss from real estate promised to banks, and other lending institutions. This comes on top of generous handouts already given to mates. Continue reading COVID payments to end and this will hurt Australia
The LIFE campaign held its first online tutorial on 6 June. It concerned the Cashless Welfare Card, what it’s doing to people put on it and the plan to roll it out to all pensioners, people on disability, the unemployed single parents, and students. This is a major crackdown on the most vulnerable sections of the community, and it takes away basic rights as a citizen of Australia. Continue reading Video: Cashless Welfare Debit Cards: Lived experience and other facts and stats
The government is fighting hard to prevent the disclosure of documents that stand to expose the political nature of the Robo Debt program. Allegations that the creation of debt was deliberately engineered to discourage applying for benefits. These documents may shed some light on his. Luke Henriques-Gomes writes (The Guardian 23 June 2021) about IT expert Justin Warren, who has been fighting to get them.
Continue reading Government fights to keep secret Robo Debt documents
By Adam Carlton
The federal government is trying to rush a bill though parliament, imposing measures to make it even harder to get unemployment payments. Continue reading A new attack on the unemployed is on the way and there is good reason to oppose it
By Ben Wilson
The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has released a Pre-Budget Brief that shows how women’s economic security has been undermined by government decisions. Continue reading By using women as cheap labour wages are kept down
By Joe Montero
Pretending to offer a small increase in JobSeeker, the Morrison government is really handing out a massive cut on 29 March. During the lockdown last year, it was universally recognised that $550 is the minimum needed to provide a basic frugal standard of living. This has not changed in 2021. Continue reading Campaign to reverse JobSeeker cut to be launched
By Joe Montero
We now know that government ministers have agreed to permanently lift the JobSeeker payment by $50 a fortnight or $25 a week. The increase will extend to Austudy, Abstudy and parenting payments. JobKeeeper payments are set to come to an end. Continue reading Miserable $25 a week JobSeeker rise is really a cut
The Covid-19 pandemic has showed that much more must be done for those in aged care and with disability needs. They have experienced more than their share of sickness and death. Continue reading Older people and disabled have a right to be treated properly
Something’s got to be done about the jobActive agencies and their exploitation of the unemployed.
An article in The Saturday Paper revealed that $500 million in public money was handed over to them during the corona lockdown. Continue reading JobActive agencies are abusing unemployed people and must be stopped