Category Archives: Centrelink

Morrison government refuses to promise not to keep on pressuring robodebt victims and stop chasing those targeted

By Ugly

Scott Morrison’s government can no longer hide behind the Robodebt system. It blew up in its face. Now there is no choice but to scrap it under its current form. It is technically illegal and cannot continue.

A weak apology to those who were hurt is far from good enough. It’s even worse, when there is a refusal to rule out that such thing ever happening again. There even a refusal to guarantee that money wrongfully extracted will be paid back, or to stop hounding those the system has targeted.

Such meanness says a lot about how Scott and his mates see those who are not in their special club.

A leaked document obtain by The Guardian reveals that the illegal ‘income averaging’ method has been used widely. Staff at Centrelink were instructed to use the method in 2015,when the Robodebt system was put into operation. Although this was before Scott Morrison became the Prime Minister, he has continued it.

Since 2015, the number of claimed debts exploded, from around 20,000 a year to 20,000 a month.

Those without work and those without a decently paying job are seen as a resource to create an army of cheap labour, to pull down the wages of those who do have a proper job.

To do this effectively, a section of the population must be marginalised, have hope stripped away from them, and be made desperate enough to work for crumbs. Businesses can then demand more of their workers, with the promise that there are plenty of others prepared to do your job for less.

Rising unemployment and insecure work serve this purpose.

It’s a method that has been used through history and becomes more pronounced during times of economic difficulty. But this does not fit a society and economy that claims to be fair.

While some employers might benefit in the short-run, history has shown that when this persists and becomes the norm, the economy is undermined.

By aiding this Scott Morrison and those around him are betraying those they claim to serve and don’t really give a hoot about the future of Australia. They are there to serve the big end of town and line their own pockets.

The sooner everyone decides to consign this lot to history the better. Imagine if they were similarly chased to recover ill gotten gains.

Big movement for economic and social justice is taking off

By Joe Montero

The new fast-growing national movement to hit Australia, Living Incomes For Everyone, was launched on Tuesday 21 July.Thousands watch online during the event or after. It is on Facebook and has been included below.

Thousands join Living Incomes For Everyone online launch
Video from Living Incomes for Everyone

Continue reading Big movement for economic and social justice is taking off

We need to consign the term ‘dole’ and its nasty derivatives to pre-Covid history

Cassandra Goldie, the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) wrote the following opinion piece (The Guardian 2 July 2020), about the need to champion a new way of looking at unemployment and the way in which those out of work are regarded. In the post Covid-19 reality, the past must be left behind to deal appropriately with the economic reality the nation faces.

Continue reading We need to consign the term ‘dole’ and its nasty derivatives to pre-Covid history

Government promotes the bullying of people on JobSeeker payments

By Ugly

The private operators in the Job Network program and nowadays called Jobactive providers, have been showing just what a caring lot they are, by bullying those who come to them after losing their jobs because of the Coronavirus epidemic. They didn’t give two hoots that the nation was in lockdown and there were no jobs going. Continue reading Government promotes the bullying of people on JobSeeker payments

The present crisis is pushing Australia to make a choice about which road we take from here

By Joe Montero

It hasn’t sunk in yet how serious the social and economic impact from the Covbid-19 outbreak will be. But it will. There is no way to escape it.

A concerted effort to mitigate the harm and protect the vulnerable is a necessity. Many have commented about the rise in poverty in recent times. As bad as its been, this is nothing compared with what’s coming around the corner. Just about every household will feel the effect. Continue reading The present crisis is pushing Australia to make a choice about which road we take from here

Pensioner group demands a fair go

From Fair Go For Pensioners (FGFP) – Victoria

Fair Go For Pensioners (FGFP) in Victoria, an independent non- profit Coalition of community organisations, retired unionists and concerned individuals, has asked Australian and Victorian governments, through the relvant ministers, for urgent meetings to discuss a better deal  in this year’s Federal and Victorian budgets,  for pensioners and all other recipients of social security payments. Continue reading Pensioner group demands a fair go

Government gives a little way on Robo Debt but still refuses to bring about real change

by Ben Wilson

Responding to an ongoing community campaign and a landmark class action on behalf of Australians being seriously disadvantage by the Robo Debt system, and after years of refusing to budge, The Morrison government has finally been pushed to give some way. Continue reading Government gives a little way on Robo Debt but still refuses to bring about real change