Friday, March 28, 2003

Democrats approve tougher welfare penalties: But how does that pan out?

There used to be an old saying in Australia" if you're hungry steal a sheep and leave the pelt on the fence. How do you plead, Peter Saunders?

When welfare is cut that is exactly what they will do. So who suffers from welfare penalties? The community especially the ones who lost their sheep just recently.

Shoplifters don't leave the carton or the packet and if they did it wouldn't change the loss.

So before your house is broken into and your property is stolen then take a look at the article below and decide for yourself about welfare penalties.

The Federal Government has succeeded in extending a welfare penalty regime to single parents and older unemployed people.

The Senate has passed a bill for the changes after significant concessions by the Government, which had been trying to get it through since last year's Budget.

A breakthrough came after a deal with the Democrats to reduce penalties for first-time offenders and for a taskforce to review the welfare penalty enforcement system.

The new measures will clear the way for a $900 million package of welfare reform, says Community Services Minister Amanda Vanstone.

"We had to make concessions in order to get it through but we wanted to make that investment in welfare," she said.

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle says the penalties are still too harsh and will harm those most at risk, causing "hardship, misery and homelessness".

Labor agrees and has accused the Democrats of thumbing their noses at the unemployed.

Aust militants join front line as Democrats propose anti-war Bill: Pre-emptive strikes?

Bad example sets a theme for disaster at law says, professor Wrong Precedent, from the NSW Bad Law Association. Pre-emptive strikes. Does that mean you go on strike if you think your boss will attack you? Or does it mean that you can walk down George Street Sydney with an assault riffle and take out citizens you think may strike you?

Attempted thong theft costs $560

A man has been fined $500 after appearing in a northern New South Wales court charged with stealing a pair of thongs.

By Hun Gry 28 March 03

THE PEASANT: "They had to make concessions in order to get it through but they wanted to make that investment in warfare." he said.


Social services groups swamped
A new report has revealed higher costs and increasing demands are forcing [social services] groups to turn more people away.

Fears for poor if Social Services take a social slide?
The director of the NSW Council for Social Service, Alan Kirkland, said it was very difficult to balance the impact of problem gambling against the broader community benefits.

Social Services small change? Or wast the money on WAR!
Lone parents on [social services] average 12 years of benefits - and are often worse off if they work. But reforming the system is risky and often costly, Bettina Arndt explains.

Tough luck! Kicks the poor to death
Australia is urged to adopt a United States-style welfare system, [?] cut welfare spending [social services spending] and encourage people to help themselves in a book on poverty published today.