Friday, June 4, 2004

Federal Budget: Tax cuts for the rich!

Nothing for the working class!

For the Howard government, unemployed people are not even worth thinking about. Having dumped them into the hands of private job network agencies, and forced most of them to do work for the dole, John Howard and Peter Costello figure that they can be ignored.

So in this so-called "big-spending " budget do we get anything? No! Mark Latham is now very popular. He has based his support on the "aspirational voter". So the Latham threat has to be countered.

Costello does this by tax cuts and cash handouts. The idea is that if Latham wants to change the agenda significantly, he has to do this at the expense of his beloved aspirational voter and lose their votes.

Alternatively he does nothing and offers no alternative and therefore not worth voting for. Costello creates a clear divide. Those above fifty one thousand dollars per year income get tax cuts and those who earn below that get nothing.

Costello has made the family a big issue. He wants Australians's to have more children.

But his handouts only enable rich people to have children.

For low-income earners, low wage and unemployed, bringing up a child is extremely difficult if not impossible.

The Budget also refuses to address childcare, schools,and suitable housing. Which we cannot do without if we want to satisfactorily bring up children.

We think voters will see through the fist full of dollars gimmick.

According to ACOSS parents whose child turns seventeen will actually be $67 per week worse off after this family friendly budget.

But what does Mark Latham have to offer? Well for a start, he wants everyone to have a tax cut and not only those who earn fifty one thousand dollars per year. He doesn't explain how he will arrange this? Will there be cuts in services? Or will there be other taxes elsewhere?

But unlike Costello he is at least concerned about unemployment, especially youth unemployment. He appears to have forgotten about the oldies. "Learn or earn" is his catchcry. So many unfortunate young people are going to be forced back to school to show the government that they are "doing something" for their meagre dole payments. Will there be any work for these educated unemployed when they leave school? Latham doesn't say.

On the whole no there won't is the real answer. Latham appears to be repeating the strategy of Hawke and Keating. The Newstart scheme forced the unemployed (of all ages) Basically we were forced to do all sorts of courses, which were boring, useless, and a sheer waste of our time.

A Department of Social Security contact of ours told us that most courses had a shelflife of six months, after that they were utterly useless. The Budget and Labor's reply show that the major parties have no answers and treat us with utter contempt.

Posted 4 June 04


Australia: Private job network agency blues
Can you trust a private job network agency? No you can't! A friend of ours is registered at MTC Marrickville. This agency has a practice of forcing unemployed to fill out preparing for work agreements. Of course they didn't offer him any work! So why was he cut off the dole?

Work for the dole? $10.00?
StandUp! Wishes to draw your attention to a serious attack on all of us--work for the dole. We were assured that unemployed would not be forced to work in areas where employed workers would normally be employed.

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Howard's Job Network Bailout
Up to 670,000 people on disability support pensions will be encouraged to sign up to the Job Network under a radical new plan to get disabled people off social services and into work.

The Criminal Law (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act 1986 Qld
The Criminal Law (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act 1986 (Qld), requires that any person who has committed an offence which is less than 10 years old or which resulted in a prison sentence of more than 30 months, must disclose that offence if requested eg. for employment purposes. If a criminal record is disclosed in a job application, it is unlikely that person will be given the job.

Shoplifting and homelessness
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Social services groups swamped
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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.

Name removed by request served time in prison decades ago. Shes still being punished today. According to commonwealth and state legislation, ex-prisoners applying for jobs must declare any conviction that fits into the following categories: less than 10 years old, more than 10 years old but served more than 30 months in prison.

Unemployed farm postings would cost jobs: AWU
The Australian Workers Union has rejected a proposal to place work-for-the-dole participants on drought-affected rural properties.

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.

Economy benefiting from non-profit institutions
Non-profit institutions are contributing $30 billion a year to Australia's economy. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has found about a third of that comes from volunteers who worked free for more than 550 million hours in 1999/2000.

NSW prisons - primary industry bailed up!
In many quiet regional centres around NSW there is a new primary industry shaping up. It has something to do with Bail but not with bales. The minister for Agriculture Richard Amery who also has the prisons portfolio is now committed to farming prisoners.

Robin Egan
Two thirds of fines are never collected because they go beyond the means of the defendants and because in lots of cases people do not see that they are responsible. Especially where people know their in the right and no fine ought to have been a penalty.