Jeremy Poxon of the Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union (AUWU) talks about the basic truth that powers unemployment in this country.
Again, we’re discussing our poor welfare system, and Canberra’s inability to increase Newstart. Both parties have had their opportunities to move it, and they still do. Whether they will, is, unfortunately, a matter of discussion.
Today, Barnaby Joyce unexpectedly broke rank, calling for an increase in Newstart payments. Sadly, his message didn’t travel far, as Scott Morrison stated that he has “no plans” to do such a thing.
Josh Frydenberg’s welfare “backflip” is anything but. The payment of $75 to those well below the poverty line is an insult – nothing more.
Dealing with Centrelink is often a frustrating experience. I find it to be ineptitude beset by hopelessness. Clearly, we’re being punished for asking for help.
In her second, take-no-prisoners piece for TBS, rural GP Rastas offers her diagnosis of an Australian welfare system way too open to abuse.