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G’day voters, and welcome to the show notes for the twelfth episode of 3 White Guys + Guest, a political podcast for a cynical nation.
Welfare and social security in Australia have been driven into the ground by successive Liberal and Labor governments. This bipartisan approach to punishing Australians for losing a job has created a system of entrenched poverty and desperate people are now at their wits end.
There are a number of things Australia could do to address this, but the fact that those in Canberra have refused to lift the rate of Newstart for a quarter of a century has really become a framing device for the debate. Issues like robo-debt, cutting off payments, work for the dole, the cashless welfare card, road-testing punitive measures in Indigenous communities, and forcing thousands of vulnerable people off other support pensions and on to Newstart has created a powerful movement that is starting to gain some traction in the media.
And the fact that the only thing the government has to say in response (especially after they manufactured a recession through inaction and ideological lunacy) is “the best form of welfare is a job” means that we’re officially in the upside-down.
Just today we’ve learned that there are 19 applications for every entry level position advertised, and that’s a conservative assessment, the reality is likely much worse. There are literally no jobs. The government is actively hurting the capacity of people to find work through their punitive schemes that demonise the unemployed.
The government should be investing in public jobs because decades of austerity has fuelled generations of neglect, and the private sector has absolutely failed to deliver on what they promised when the government contracts were tendered, if they were tendered.
The system has failed.
And those in charge of it are actively creating more harm as they continue to blame the unemployed for the lack of jobs.
Will it be viva la revolucion, or suck it up sweetheart? Let’s solve this once and for all.
Our plus guest is Jeremy Paul, unemployed wastrel, dole bludger, drug addict and general ne’er do well, he has been forced to deal with the Department of Human Services in all the worst ways, but doesn’t complain because then Rupert Murdoch will cancel him. And today he’s here to complain.
Your Rights: What Are They? – AUWU resource
Australian Council of Social Service – ACOSS
Cool and Normal
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‘Serious Climbdown’: IMF slashes Australia’s growth forecast
IMF predicts synchronised slowdown in global growth, warns rate cuts are not enough to stop it
Anthony Albanese confirms Labor backflip to support ‘big stick’ energy laws
Australia’s tortured energy debate: what’s the state of play?
Labor’s attempt to declare a climate emergency rejected by the Morrison government
The only thing as certain as drought in Australia is the stupid call to build more dams
Australia’s drought policy black hole not filled by Government’s stopgap
Coalition says it is spending $7bn on drought but can’t back up the claim
‘We’re dying out here’
NSW coroner to recommend pill testing be introduced at music festivals
NSW premier dismisses coroner’s call for pill testing before report is publicly released
How Good Is Unfunded Empathy?
‘Grim situation’: 19 applications for every entry-level job advertised, research finds
Everyone on Newstart should be able to get a job, says minister
Number of older Australians on Newstart growing by 10,000 a year
Ricci had a powerful story, and a question no one could answer
Duncan Storrar: The instant hero torn down in days
Duncan Storrar bio
The man the media tore apart is ready to take on the pollies again over poverty
Whistleblowers say some employment service providers are exploiting the ParentsNext welfare scheme
ParentsNext providers claim extra funds by signing parents up to their own courses
Scott Morrison’s ‘work harder to earn more’ nonsense shows how out of touch with workers he is
Sunrise apologises over ‘dole bludger’ Newstart segment
Tradie jobs: Young Aussies called ‘pathetic’ for refusing $17k-a-week jobs
Why politicians can no longer get away with demonising the poor
Homeless woman says Centrelink took entire $3500 tax return for disputed robodebt
Robo-debt: What happens inside Centrelink’s ‘toxic’ debt recovery offices
Centrelink robodebts: Queensland man took his own life over Centrelink debt, mum says
Aboriginal communities sue Federal Government over ‘racially discriminatory’ work-for-the-dole scheme
Shame, stigma and humiliation: Cashless welfare card ‘demonising’ Centrelink recipients
The LNP Welfare Card: the true facts exposed
Shop owner says cashless welfare card has left him $100,000 short
What’s wrong with the cashless debit card?
Cashless welfare trial costing taxpayers $10,000 per participant
Welfare ‘activation’ policies are counterproductive
120,000 Australians who had Centrelink payments suspended weren’t to blame
The Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union
Angry unemployed Canberrans hit back at MPs
ACOSS survey shows what a Newstart increase would really mean
Labor demands boost to Newstart but refuses to commit to size of increase
Anthony Albanese demands urgent scrap of Centrelink’s ‘robo-debt’ scheme
There is growing empathy for those on Newstart. The dynamics of welfare politics are changing
Labor leaders Anthony Albanese calls for Newstart increase but won’t name a figure
RBA boss says raising Newstart more effective than tax cuts for the wealthy