Rudd to cut dole for under 20's

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May 2 2009 14:38
Rudd to cut dole for under 20's

In the insidious desparation of the recession, krudds hordes are scrapping social spending to free up the public capital they need to cover themselves after their most recent cash-splash, and are launching a heavy attack on a section of the working class who can least defend themselves - "da youth" between 17-20. Rudds legions of terror have planned as follows - fuck the youth, we don't give a fuck about them, unless they're going to work in skill-less, casualised jobs that are disappearing, or study in schools they don't want to go to, they can starve, their parents too!

More accurately - Make it harder to claim youth allowance(like it's not already an absolute fuck-around)
Not give youth allowance to kids who aren't studying or working.
Not give parents family tax benefit A if their kids aren't studying or working.

Article - http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,,25411630-2682,00.html

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May 2 2009 15:54

You left out the punchline:

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OPPOSITION Leader Malcolm Turnbull says the Federal Government's $300bn ten year defence bill to protect Australia against potential threats from China is 'unrealistic.'

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25417217-5012587,00.html

Wonder who's going to man all those submarines?

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May 2 2009 16:57

Nawww!!
Why do they have to do these things? Why can't they just die?

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May 3 2009 02:39
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Wonder who's going to man all those submarines?

Probably the same unemployed youth as above.

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The Federal Government wants military-style "boot camp" training overseen by the Department of Defence for Australia's unemployed youth, Cabinet sources confirmed last night.

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,25418503-662,00.html

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May 3 2009 07:32

Earn or Learn!

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May 23 2009 04:08

This does not suprise me in the slightest.

We should all know by now that the welfare system merely exists in this country to keep the poor under control with 'regulations' and all that fucking paperwork they drown you in.

As much as I would like to collect from the state if I need to (I am studying full time) I cannot at the moment as the last place I worked at for 2 years has still to give me the right papers showing that I am "financially independent". There is not much money with me at the moment and I seem to be on the business end of the daggers of the monetary system...

But of course I should fit the category of having money because I am a gay male and we all know that gay men have money due to no family expenses...fucking load of shit that is...crush the Pink Dollar.

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May 23 2009 04:44
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As much as I would like to collect from the state if I need to (I am studying full time) I cannot at the moment as the last place I worked at for 2 years has still to give me the right papers showing that I am "financially independent".

They're about to take that away as well:

Dept Education Employment and Workplace Relations wrote:
Students will no longer be able to achieve financial
independence for Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY by
meeting the 2nd and 3rd elements of the workforce
participation criterion. These are:
• worked part-time for at least 15 hours a week for
at least two years since leaving school; or,
• earned, in an 18-month period since leaving school,
an amount equivalent to 75 per cent of the maximum
rate of pay under Wage Level A of the Australian Pay
and Classification Scale generally applicable to trainees
(in 2009 this requires earnings of $19,532).

http://www.deewr.gov.au/HigherEducation/Documents/PDF/fs_Workforceparticipationcriterion.pdf

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May 24 2009 02:39

Oh fucking hell!!! This some fucked up repugnant shit right here!!!

Are they trying to starve us to death or something??? I know I live at home and all but I am self sufficient...I am used to working for my money to keep my car running (petrol is expensive), paying for my TAFE stuff like books, photocopying, printing and other study stuff, then there is the money I like to have for getting coffee with friends or having a beer at the pub...I can barely afford this now because I don't even have a weekend job...there is no fucking work!!!

Even as a sex worker I can tell you right now that there has been a massive drop in the amount of clients I can find.

Centrelink fucked me over recently. When I was collecting Newstart last year when I was looking for work they fucked up some payment and we had an arrangement that they would pay it up asap but I was to pay it back at $30 per fortnight so that would bring my Newsart Allowance down from $430 to $400 per fortnight. Well I got a job and slowed the payments down a bit because I could not be fucked and then lost my job and now their debt recovery calls me up asking for monthly payments that I cannot make...for some reason I have said that I will give em $20 per month instead of their required $50. I have $300 to pay off...they indirectly threatened me with legal action if I was not to pay this time.

I am scabbing about $55 per week from the folks...$30 for petrol and $25 for social and other shit. But that is all I can get from them. My mates who seem to have some work end up helping me out with coffee and beer all the time and it is sooo fucking embarassing and they have rent to pay.

Isn't the welfare state supposed to be a safety net to stop others from falling in between the cracks???

If there is an issue of mass unemployment it only makes sense not to fuck the welfare system up...

I have been trying to make my own work either as a sex worker or by leafelting offering oiling of outdoor furniture...so far not much has come up...

It is depressing...so fucking depressing.

It comes into effect in 2010...but still, this is bullshit.

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May 24 2009 11:35

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May 26 2009 10:56

I like your anger riot queer. I'm keen for doing some digging into the hows and why's of these dole cuts, would you be keen to help?

Also to my knowledge, in early april the same sort of thing - youth dole cuts - happened in Ireland, the socialist party of ireland reported on it:
http://www.socialistparty.net/index.php/news/youth/125-fight-the-under-20s-dole-cut.html

If any irish comrades swing past this thread, can you give any analysis?

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May 27 2009 07:06

There is some good analysis of the Australian situation at:

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/may2009/welf-m06.shtml

Included are estimates on how many people will be affected - initially 78,259 young people including 32,000 homeless. This number will only rise though, with more and more people losing their jobs each day.

This ploy by the Krudd government plays on the age-old prejudice that unemployed young people are bludgers and unworthy of being listened to. Several of my friends have lost their jobs as a result of retailers going under - if anyone is to blame it is Krudd himself and his failed policy. With this action he diverts attention away from himself while simultaneously pushing young people into military service to be the fodder that fuels his shiny new military policy.

The frustrating thing is nobody cares. Mainstream media only seem to support the move. Around my university the only people that care are those that have already lost their jobs and see where they are heading. How do I make people understand the danger that Krudd presents?

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May 27 2009 12:14

Hi all
I wouldn't want to speculate what the government is actually thinking but I think the effect is to force down the costs of labour, and it does so in a non-confrontational way. By making X amount of young people depended on someone else's wage, it means this wage is stretched to cover the reproduction of more people. The society wide effect of this is to reduce what we expect as our due bundle of commodities and thus the value of our labour-power. I think if you take into account the raising of the age of the old age-pension to 67, which means more people in the labour market for longer and thus more competition for positions (which numerically are reducing), and thus again pressure to force down the value of labour-power, what you see is welfare-policy being used at a social tool to Capital's advantage. No surprises there.

What is interesting is how Capital is not attempting to push back the social democratic gains of labour through a head on fight with unions, but rather is using welfare policy to do this. Except for a few brilliant examples ( Wollongong-out-of-Workers) we don't really have a great history of resisting these kinds of attacks. This is in no small part because they are often administered by Labor governments and supported by the trade unions.
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May 27 2009 16:43
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At first I didn't like riot_queer because they had an identity politics based username. They have a car and work though so its all good. Are you an actual sex worker or a rubbish one like Jack was (sex texter) ?

Gabs, there really isn't a lot to add on top of that article, its just fucked up.

I do actual sex work from time to time. It would be more frequent if trade wasn't so bloody slow at the moment. Of all the industries to suffer now you would think that there would be a boom in the sex industry haha...pun intended.

So, just out of curiosity, what is wrong with an identity politics based username? I always put it down to individual expression... smile

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May 27 2009 16:44

Getting involved with the Scarlet Alliance hopefully sometime soonish...they are a decent bunch!

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May 27 2009 23:02

i would do sex work but i have a hairy arse

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May 28 2009 19:41
Gabs wrote:
I like your anger riot queer. I'm keen for doing some digging into the hows and why's of these dole cuts, would you be keen to help?

Yup!