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Here's an idea, ScoMo: instead of extending the GST to food, how about closing corporate tax loopholes, so that we no longer have 700+ companies paying no tax??? ... See MoreSee Less

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And yes, in case you're wondering, the billions of dollars of government revenue that we lose through franking credits would cover the cost of raising Newstart, with plenty to spare. ... See MoreSee Less

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7 days ago

Anti-Poverty Network SA

This is powerful stuff from the National Union of Workers.NUW statement on secure jobs and a safe climate

It’s time for our movement to think big and take the lead.

We need to build a broad social movement to propose solutions that build hope. Solutions that can and will happen if we take action together.

Well paid union jobs with a future rest not on pretending the climate emergency doesn’t exist but in positioning Australia to be a renewable energy superpower exporting clean energy to the world. This new energy infrastructure must also provide workers and their communities an equal share in the prosperity we create, with secure jobs that pay a living wage.

Adani represents a climate change grenade in terms of the greenhouse gas emissions it will create, putting at risk our ability to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. This temperature rise already represents a significant threat to the planet. For NUW workers who pick, pack, store and deliver our fruit and vegetables from the farms to the warehouses in our food supply chain, their jobs are also under threat.

Increased temperatures and droughts place further pressure on tens of thousands of NUW food workers down the production chain who process dairy products, prepare meals and make grocery goods. The climate emergency threatens the security of manufacturing jobs making quality export food products.

Meanwhile, other NUW members have well paid, secure jobs in the oil and gas industry, jobs that will be affected as the world transitions away from fossil fuels. We want our members to be able to proactively participate and lead this transition so that the new energy jobs of the future remain well paying and secure for the next generation of Union members. One consideration for our members is investment in a new generation of renewable hydrogen fuel refining and distribution infrastructure. We want workers and our members to have a plan to work our way out of this climate emergency!

In the face of the biggest questions our world has ever faced, workers in the food supply chain and workers in the Galilee Basin region should not be divided against each other in order to increase the profit of a mere few. Instead, we are calling for a green new deal that includes substantial funding for fossil fuel reliant communities to protect workers’ income and dignity through a transition to a new economic future. We will actively campaign for more bargaining power for workers to create secure and fair paying jobs as well as protecting the natural world for generations to come. We want regional communities to be able to take ownership of their economic future with support for new, high-wage, clean energy jobs and locally-based and worker owned cooperatives.

Don’t lose hope, we can stand together and fight for a better future.
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7 days ago

Anti-Poverty Network SA

REMINDER the current post-election feeling is reminiscent of the disbelief and despair that surrounded the post 2014 Abbott budget.

In 2014, there was despair but then a fiery backlash that blocked much of the worst Abbott/Liberals legislation. Now Abbott is gone, Liberals are here to stay and we need to fight despair with fire in the belly.

We don't mourn, we organise. Keep an eye out, exciting plans are in the works...

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"Our world contains grave evils, which can be remedied if people wish to remedy them. Those who are aware of these evils, and fight against them are likely, it is true, to have less everyday happiness than those who acquiesce in the status quo. But in place of everyday happiness they will have something which I, for my part, value more highly, both for myself, and for my children. They will have the sense of doing what lies in their power to make the world less painful. They will have a more just standard of values than is possible for the easy-going conformist. They will have the knowledge that they are among those who prevent the human race from sinking stagnation or despair...something infinitely better than slothful contentment." - Bertrand Russell.

PHOTO: 'March in May', Adelaide, Sunday May 18th. [P]
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DON'T DESPAIR, ORGANISE; THE FIGHT GOES ON.

"As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate. Hope is the thing that is left to us, in a bad time. I shall get up Sunday morning and wind the clock, as a contribution to order and steadfastness.

Sailors have an expression about the weather: they say, the weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society—things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed, sometimes rather suddenly. It is quite obvious that the human race has made a queer mess of life on this planet. But as a people we probably harbor seeds of goodness that have lain for a long time waiting to sprout when the conditions are right. Man's curiosity, his relentlessness, his inventiveness, his ingenuity have led him into deep trouble. We can only hope that these same traits will enable him to claw his way out.

Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day." - E.B. White.
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Don't vote for any of these parties, people. ... See MoreSee Less

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It is hard to give a full account of the hardship, the suffering, that the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government has inflicted on people - on the poor, on Aboriginal people, on refugees, on LGBTQI+ people, on workers, and others - not to mention its devastating legacy on environment.

But words like 'callous', 'destructive', and 'vicious' come to mind.

I still get a sick feeling in my stomach when I think about the 2014 federal budget, a monumental wave of cruelty, much of which fortunately blocked by the Senate, thanks to huge community backlash.

Let's get rid of them. But let's not delude ourselves: the struggle for a less hostile and heartless world - which at this point, is really the struggle for environmental and social survival - must continue, whatever the issue.

So, assuming the polls are correct, catch your breath after today, but don't stop fighting, don't stop organising, don't stop pushing.
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2 weeks ago

Anti-Poverty Network SA

Want to know where the major parties stand on raising the single rate of Newstart and Youth Allowance by a minimum of $75 per week?
Check out our Raise the Rate party tracker below so that you can easily see what the major parties have committed to do (or not do) to Raise the Rate.
And find out which candidates support the Raise the Rate campaign here: raisetherate.org.au/party-tracker/
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