Thursday, June 30, 2005

Australia: Thousands cram city in IR protest

Thousands cram city ...

The march comes a day ahead of the hoWARd government gaining control of the Senate clearing the way for non scrutiny policies by the people for the people of this country.

Marchers in Melbourne also heard from Bill Shorten, national secretary of the Australian Workers Union.

A MASS of people has choked Melbourne's CBD in drizzling conditions to protest against the Howard Government's planned sweeping workplace changes.

An estimated 100,000 workers and union supporters stretched from Federation Square, the length of Swanston Street to near Trades Hall, where the march set out at 10am (AEST).

Federal Lib/Lab leader kim beazley addressed the marchers in Federation Square just after 11am, where he said the protest would send a strong message to prime minister john hoWARd.

Pointing to the MCG several kilometres away, beazley said: "This crowd would fill the G three times."

"I've spoken at many protests in Melbourne in the 25 years I've been in Parliament, I've never seen a crowd like this".

The march comes a day ahead of the hoWARd government gaining control of the Senate clearing the way for non scrutiny policies by the people for the people of this country.

From the newswire: Referendum

The corporate media giants were bought out lock, stock and barrel by Howard's advertising revenue and many other corporate interests besides humanity.

The media is quicker than the majority of the population who are either too busy getting on with their own lives, families and mortgages or making too much money to be bothered. And of course the power freaks that are in on it are doing the devils work because they thrive on power.

There is no opposition in government unless it is politically correct!

Similar rallies are being staged today across the country.

Marchers in Melbourne also heard from Bill Shorten, national secretary of the Australian Workers Union.

"Today we present our case not in the tone of a feeble beggar but in the thundering voices of a powerful movement," Mr Shorten said.

"Today we are demanding the right to which Australian citizens are entitled."

The union movement fears the Government's changes will lead to reduced wages and conditions for workers and result in job insecurity.

The marchers chanted slogans including "Howard is a coward" and "Shame Johnny, shame" as they walked down Swanston Street.

At the head of the march, the protesters carried a large banner which read "Stop the attack on workers rights".

A number of union figures are addressing the rally, still underway.

15,000 workers rally in Brisbane

King George Square overflowed with rallying workers, protesting the imminent introduction of the Howard governments retrograde Industrial Relations policies.

Thousands march through Perth

June 30/05 - THOUSANDS of workers led by federal industrial spokesman Stephen Smith have marched through the streets of Perth as part of a mass protest against proposed industrial relations changes...

Workers Online
PM Rallies on Spin. John Howard is spinning the merits of his industrial assault off a Kiwi rally driver who made a motza out of individual contracts.

[Anti-IR] RALLY TODAY against Howard's IR reforms
There is a march planned straight after the meeting by the more progressive unions from Town Hall through the streets of Sydney. I place bigger emphasis on the march rather than the meeting, as opposed to the Labor Council's moderate stance on the matter.

Australia's Biggest Ever Workers' Meeting To Take Place In NSW Friday, 1 July
Australia's largest ever workers meeting will take place this Friday, July 1, from 8.30am. It is being organised by Unions NSW and will involve workers from all across New South Wales taking part in a massive link-up via Sky Channel.

By PC June 30 05


Thousands attend Sydney rally over IR changes
Thousands of people have packed Sydney's Town Hall in protest against the federal Government's proposed industrial relations changes and many other rights related issues that have been diminished by the HoWARd Government.

HoWARd Gov't could be slued, community warns
The community says the fascist HoWARd Government may be slued from the highest industrial crane if they introduce industrial reforms.

Work for the dole and prison industry slavery
Work for the dole certainly offers a lot of variety. The impression given by the government is that most unemployed do creative and helpful work assisting the community.

'Social Services cheats' may face election next time around
The Federal fascist HoWARd Government is attacking the poor and underprivileged again (on all fronts - now including social services, disabled, single mothers, Medicare rebate and IVF treatment.

Single parents deserve a living wage and not persecution
Being a single parent is hard work. It means a lot of responsibility. But you are not paid properly to do this work. You are paid way below what is recognised as the poverty line. StandUp! Believes that looking after a child is a job and should be paid for like any other job.

Labor sees problems in welfare proposals
The Federal Opposition says proposed changes to Australia's welfare system are a cost-cutting measure and will leave disability and sole parent pensioners worse off.

Dismantle the war machine, slash taxes, privatisation and keep social services The Centre for Independent Studies report says the flat-rate income tax of 10 per cent would ensure most Australians could afford to pay for essential services such as health and education, instead of relying on welfare [social service] payments.

Costello to force single mums to look for work?
SINGLE mothers would be forced to look for work once their children reached school age, under a draconian welfare package outlined last night by fascist Pastor Peter Costello to bolster funds to spend on military hardware and the ongoing illegal and degrading war in Iraq.

The HoWARd Government is simply robbing the disabled blind
KERRY O'BRIEN: Federal cabinet adjourned today still undecided about the final formula for what has become politically one of the toughest reform challenges the Government will face this term. For the past two decades, the disability support pension has been one of the fastest growing welfare payments [social security payments.]

Encouragement is the key to social-services-to-work programs
Corporate Welfare! I think we should start with Ingeus Company. Telling us what we already know for $$$$!

Peter Saunders shake-up is long overdue: Welfare Not Warfare
Peter Saunders: Many DSP claimants are older men with limited skills who have had difficulty finding work?

Welfare Reform for Warfare Expenditure?
John Howard: "Self-evidently we would have liked the major combat to have gone differently ... [but] coalition withdrawal or defeat is unimaginable."

Govt plots post-July strategy?
Fascist Prime Minister insists he is not on a mission to punish welfare recipients [social services.]

HoWARd 'determined' to make the disabled woRK?
The Federal Government is considering a system of "coercion" and incentive to force the disabled to work. But what happened to 6 billion-budget surpluses? Why do they need to force disabled people to work? Do they need more money and less disabled people? Or do would they rather spend the money on WAR?

Opposition pension claims valid
The Federal Governments secret agenda to cut pensions, including the disability and single parent payments while spending billions on military hardware is just too much for most disabled people to accept.

Thousands march for disability protest
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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 welfare and into work.

THE HILLSONG'S ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF ' NEO-LIBERALISM' Only a bent mind would envisage the possibility or think of the concept that a '2nd Neo-Liberal 'front' promoted by the right and posing as a Church would enter politics under the flag of "Family First Party".

Costello, Howard's Disciple

JOHN HOWARD AND PETER Costello lost their vision for Australia from the time they were elected and embarked on a vision for the neo-Liberals.

Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel?
Well praise the Lord the light is Hell bent here on Peter Costello, treasurer of the Howard Government who now has his own "flock" of onward Christian Soldiers.

Corporate Welfare

Corporate welfare or how to steal social services?
Ever wondered why there are so many homeless, why we need a 10 pc GST, lack of services for mental disability, still paying off the Olympics, poor public transport planning etc etc etc?


Work for the dole is legal slavery
Work for the dole was originally sold to us by Howard as a warm and fuzzy light work project. We would be working for nothing but we would be enjoying giving back something to the community, so it was reckoned.

Peter Costello commended this result in his budget speech. Even if we were to believe this figure it still means more than half a million living at a level much lower than that is recognised as poverty.

Mark Latham's, token gestures for older unemployed
StandUp appreciates the fact that Mark Latham is concerned about older unemployed people. His specialist job network proposal aimed at older people might provide a bit of assistance.

Work for the dole failure for two thirds
THE Un-Australian: " MORE than a third of the people who completed the Howard Government's work-for-the-dole programs last year were in jobs or studying within three months of finishing.

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. This has shown to be a lie! Under work for the dole, unemployed have been forced to carry out; concreting, tiling, landscaping, repairs, renovation, painting, gardening, nurses and teachers aid work.

A major independent study commissioned by the Government and released today under Freedom of Information by The Australian newspaper indicates that the 'Work for the Dole' program actually reduces the job prospects of unemployed people.

Youth welfare system unfair: ACOSS
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Bringing up children Can we afford it?
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Federal Budget: Tax cuts for the rich!
For the Howard government, unemployed people are not even worth thinking about.

Private job network agency blues
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Indigenous Social Justice Association Djadi Dugarang

Centrelink puts the screws on prison debt
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Democrats approve tougher welfare penalties: But how does that pan out?
There used to be an old saying in Australia" if your hungry steal a sheep and leave the pelt on the fence.

Six weeks, six months, six years: inmates have little chance of making fresh start Even prisoners who serve short sentences are likely to suffer long-term consequences, including increased rates of homelessness and unemployment.

Military Spending

Howard: We as a nation have got to invest heavily in defence?
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Hill primed for war!
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Auditor Generals damning defence report
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