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ANTI-POVERTY NETWORK SA TURNS FIVE YEARS OLD TODAY!!

Exactly five years ago, in the early days of the Abbott government, 50-60 people came together on the lawns outside Government House to fight back against the attacks on welfare, and end of that event, they set up a new group: Anti-Poverty Network SA!! :-)

Huge thanks to everyone who has contributed to this special organisation, that has done so much, despite having so little, over the years, here is to another five years!! :-)
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A male friend, who was homeless and in dire need of money applied for Newstart this year in May.

Skip forward 6 months, 30+ phone calls, 4 rejections of claims that where found to be false, 6 forms updated and lodged in person and online, 10 in person appointments with Centerlink and he has yet to receive any money or even find out if "officially" his claim has gone through to payment stage.

I have been on the phone with him for minimum hour wait times to call someone, each time there has been another hiccup or system glitch that needs sorting. Always it is a nightmare to wait, get through, be told everything is fine and for no income to arrive.

Luckily he has friends who have supported him, and found odd cash jobs in between or more serious consequences could have occurred

On the flip side of Centerlink wait times.

Yesterday, I received a phone call immediately after I reported my income by the compliance team about not reporting my income properly. I was slightly told off, warned I could be fined and told that the compliance team line is always free as they have loads of staff available.

There number, if you are still getting engaged signals and want to transfer is 1800 194 053

It is clear to see the priority in punishing those on welfare, and refusing those who are in desperate need any kind of welfare at all.
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NEWSTART RALLY!! LABOR, IT'S TIME!!

One month to go!!

Let's tell Labor, we are not waiting for their review!!

Raise Newstart first!! Then have your review.

We cannot afford to wait potentially 12+ months into a Shorten government for a Newstart increase to happen.

That wait means potentially no increase till the middle of 2020.

That's a long time that the unemployed have to continue to struggle with rent and bills, continue to skip meals, medicines, going to dentist, and battle all sorts of other hardships.

Join us on Sunday December 16th for Newstart Rally! Labor, It's Time!.
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Newstart Rally! Labor, It's Time!: Sunday December 16th, 8:30am, Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide.

It is not often that we would ask you to get out of bed this early on a Sunday, but this is a very special and important cause...
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We keep getting more and more messages about medical conditions not being approved by Centerlink.

One of the best bits of advice given by our wonderful Kym Mercer is that it is best to hand in your medical certificate in person, as it is harder to reject as you are not faceless!

What has been your experience getting your medical conditions recognised?
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Indeed, NO ONE should be living in poverty, neither children nor adults, neither pensioners nor job-seekers.

''Welfare should be viewed as a system of support for all people. We understand that it is more palatable for middle-NZ to consume a narrative about children in poverty, but if the government does not lift the incomes and quality of life of ALL people, then they are not supporting beneficiaries and are not challenging the toxicity of the welfare system. You cannot divide the poor into 'deserving' and 'undeserving', all oppression is connected.'' - Auckland Action Against Poverty.
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"OVER TIME I'M JUST SEEING MORE AND MORE REASONS TO INCREASE NEWSTART"

Another very insightful contribution from one of our followers, and totally spot on.

"I was thinking about this this morning, after reading an article by a guy named David who was describing his experience of being on Newstart in Adelaide. He talked about how he is managing to eat enough by going to a charity once a week.

Aside from how undignified this can feel for people, and how unsustainable it is to expect charities to pick up the slack when the state refuses to provide enough for its people, this also made me think that this is money that could be going back into the economy but isn't. Same goes for Telstra vouchers - if people can't afford to pay their Telstra bill, then Telstra is paying itself in a circular fashion, rather than this money flowing through the economy organically.

The point of welfare, aside from not just letting people crash and burn or even die just because they're unemployed, is to ensure that people who lose their jobs or can't work can still pay money back into the economy to sustain it. Over time I'm just seeing more and more reasons to increase Newstart, and fewer and fewer excuses to keep it the way it is."
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Imagine being a government that repeatedly refuses to raise Newstart, and then, decides to cut funding from Foodbank, right before Christmas...let's get rid of these vile cretins ASAP... ... See MoreSee Less

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