A Newstart Day In Paradise

This podcast was recorded on the lands of the Bediagal people of the Eora nation. We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging.
The show notes were written on Dharawal land, we pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging.
We acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded by the First Nations people of this land.

G’day voters, and welcome to the show notes for the fourth episode of 3 White Guys + Guest, a political podcast for a cynical nation.

The rate by Maxine Beneba Clarke, poet laureate for the Saturday Paper.

Our plus guest this week is journalist, anti-poverty activist and federal leader of the Affordable Housing Party, Andrew Potts.

As the fight to increase Newstart ramps up, we take a look at what is needed to protect welfare in Australia, and why it’s so necessary. Subjects for discussion include wage theft, wrestling, and windmills.

You can find the link to the podcast at the bottom of this page.

Cool and Normal

The attacks on Bob Brown for opposing a windfarm are exhausting and hypocritical

Bob Brown’s opposition to wind farm labelled hypocrisy

The Robbins Island wind farm debate

‘Dark satanic mills’: Tony Abbott continues his crusade against wind turbines

The starting salary for a federal MP or Senator is $211,000. They can also claim expenses, with an average total of $215,900 per politician.
The top 1% of income earners in Australia starts at $237,300.
We are ruled by the elites. The notion that earning $200K+ doesn’t put someone in the “top end of town” is how these rich fuckwits continue to suppress wages, keep unemployment stagnant for over a quarter of a century, and shut millions out of the property market (in 2017 the 226 federal politicians owned 524 properties, a number that doesn’t include properties kept in their partner’s name).

Low-paid workers and wage theft

Employers could face jail over wage theft under new laws

Tough wage-theft laws will achieve little without greater enforcement

Over 20% of Australians aged 15 – 65 are not working

Not My Debt

Over 2000 people died after receiving Centrelink robo-debt notice, figures reveal

Centrelink cancels 40,000 robodebts, new figures reveal

Government debt program grows murky as it grows in size and reach

Labor calls on government to scrap ‘malfunctioning’ robodebt scheme

Robo-debt scheme ramped up with Medicare data matching

Wentworth election results

Labor MPs urge party to ‘show some guts’ on raising Newstart

‘The nation will have to do something’: Labor MPs pressure Albanese over franking credits

Centrelink robo-debt system is ‘extortion’, says former tribunal member

‘It’s not a pipe dream’: five things Australia could do now to end poverty

‘Pick fruit or lose welfare’: PM says

How trashy TV made children dumber and enabled a wave of populist leaders

The Shallows by Nicholas Carr


Australian property bubble

Australian house prices falling at fastest rate in a decade

We had a chance to fix the housing crisis. The moment’s now passed

The housing bust and why it’s likely to continue

Australia’s property bubble shows the lessons of the 2008 crash haven’t been learned

Australia is on the brink of a housing collapse that resembles 2008

Is Australia in a rental affordability crisis?

Study makes shocking findings about housing affordability crisis

Housing crisis: The ‘Australian Dream’ becomes renter’s nightmare

Mascot Towers: Unlicensed tradies, falling standards blamed for building cracks

Cutting red tape: cause and effect

Conservatives hate red tape – unless it’s to regulate the behaviour of their enemies


Heel-face turn: TV tropes


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