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ANTI-POVERTY WEEK CONFERENCE

Nothing About Us, Without Us! An Anti-Poverty Week Event is our 4th Anti-Poverty Week conference.

The conference, which will include a Skype chat with Australian Council of Social Service CEO, Dr. Cassandra Goldie, is about getting people informed. AND, getting people active in campaigns for justice and respect for those out of work and living in poverty.

Free for all low-income people. Will include sessions on lots of different topics, including Newstart, single parents, the Disability Pension, public transport, and job agencies.

Join us on Thursday October 18th for Nothing About Us, Without Us! An Anti-Poverty Week Event.
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Imagine an issue where virtually everyone had the same opinion: from Green Left Weekly to John Howard, from the Australian Council of Trade Unions to the Business Council of Australia...

Almost everyone supports raising Newstart, including 2/3 of the public...everyone, except, it would seem, most of the politicians...

Find out about the campaign to raise Newstart, NOW IN ITS 25TH YEAR WITHOUT A RAISE, and how to get involved, at Newstart Is No Start: Community Forum + Morning Tea.
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DESIGN, NOT MISMANAGEMENT

"The idea that if you are out of work it is poverty that you face rather than a safety net is a design not mismanagement. They (employers - both corporate and government) intended this and know full well what they are doing; making sure that the average worker is so scared of falling that they are simply clinging to the jobs they have.

They cannot ask for wage rises as corporate and private business profits flourish because to merely ask puts you in line as 'difficult' and no one can risk that. There are no 'wage rises' around the corner despite what politicians and economists predict because companies have no need to give them when the threat of being out of work at the bottom is poverty...

It filters 'up' to those above the lowest paid, instilling fear, compliance and silence amongst most workers. The economic laws supposedly governing wages have been flouted since the recovery from the GFC and yet we continue to hear them used to predict increases - at least 7 or 8 years. It is nonsense.

Wage stagnation is the new normal unless legislation changes things. Indeed wage stagnation has actually been the 'new normal' for decades, with any wealth creation for the average family since the 90's largely down to women going into the workforce rather than any increase in salary for the average male.

Welcome to our brave new world."
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SPOT ON!!

"I'm one of those people over 45 who is on the dole, and who has been unemployed long-term. Part of the problem with the system as it exists at present is the Australian unemployment system is set up on the following assumptions:

1) There are plenty of jobs out there. There always have been plenty of jobs out there. There always will be plenty of jobs out there.

2) Getting a job is easy - you walk up to an employer and say "can I have a job please?" and the employer, out of the goodness of their heart, will provide you with work.

3) If you are unemployed, you are therefore either a) too stupid to realise you need to have a job; b) too feckless to figure out how to get a job; or c) too lazy to be bothered getting a job. The task of Job Agencies is to educate the stupid, enlighten the feckless, and bully the lazy into getting work.

4) If you are unemployed, it is entirely your own fault, and this is entirely within your control.

Now, none of these assumptions seem to take into account things like employers who want five years experience in-role for entry level positions, jobs where you're competing with over 800 other applicants for a single position (yes, one of the ones I received a "sorry, you didn't make it" notification for the other day said I was competing against 808 other applicants for an administrative assistant position), and so on. But, as per assumption number four, it must be all my own fault that I can't get off the dole - because nobody else at all is involved in the decision about whether or not I get a job except me...

Funny how that one works."
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What a relief that Scott Morrison put $4.5 billion towards private schools instead of doing something foolish and unnecessary like raising Newstart. ... See MoreSee Less

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