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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Media Release

Labor does deal with Government to make newly arrived migrants wait for Newstart for four years  

 The Australian Greens are extremely disappointed by reports that the Government has done a deal with the ALP that will mean newly arrived migrants will have to wait four years before they can access working aged payments like Newstart.

 

“The ALP have condemned newly arrived migrants who can’t find work to poverty, Senator Rachel Siewert said. 

 

“This is an outrageous attack on our multicultural community and I’m frankly surprised that members of the Labor party thinks it’s okay for people to come to our country and basically receive no support when they need it.

 

“Australia is a multicultural society, many people in the Parliament are migrants or the children of migrants.

 

 Senator Nick McKim said:

“The Australian people have comprehensively rejected the politics of fear and division.

 

“People who have decided to make their lives here deserve the support of the wider community.

 

“Migrants should be encouraged to take part in our society, not punished and forced into poverty because of political games.”

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  1. Peter Bright

    November 27, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    With all the expenses associated with holding a job, and there are many, any significant diminution of income impacts on one’s ability to maintain that role.

    Deprivation of income is therefore a sure way to ensure that those willing to work can’t actually afford to do so, regardless of how willing they are. This provides the 5% or so unemployment pool which the Liberals rely upon to keep the workforce fearful, and the unemployed poor and helpless.

    Liberal governments, unwilling to admit that it’s their own selfish attitudes and behaviour that cause unemployment, use the unemployed as scapegoats for their barbarity.

    A new victim of this wickedness eventually finds that he can no longer maintain his car, his means of getting out and about and presenting himself to a prospective employer. His work opportunity is now significantly reduced to localities accessible by bus or train.

    As his prospects of employment further diminish with time, the victim realises that the more intensively he searches for employment the less he and his family eat. This slide into depression is accentuated by the refusal of employers to provide job applicants with feedback.

    At some point the impoverished one feels compelled to relocate to an outlying region of cheaper rent. This diminishes his probability of gaining employment, but at least he can afford better food now.

    In short, a low Newstart allowance promotes unemployment.

    One wonders if this is exactly what the Liberals intended.

    • Peter Black

      November 27, 2018 at 6:31 pm

      “With all the expenses associated with holding a job, and there are many, any significant diminution of income impacts on one’s ability to maintain that role.”

      Well, from observation and personal experience, the workforce seems capable of being able to cope with expenses occurred in holding its positions of employment. Yes, from time to time difficulties may arise, such as a motor car fault, but we don’t all collapse defeated in a heap of despair.

      “Deprivation of income is therefore a sure way to ensure that those willing to work can’t actually afford to do so, regardless of how … “

      Yes, deprivation of income would effect a person’s ability to do whatever, but does this happen to the greater workforce, outside of a small percentage of employers ?

      “The 5% or so unemployment pool which the Liberals rely upon to keep the workforce fearful, and the unemployed poor and helpless.”

      From observation over the decades, the 5% unemployment pool is not just the domain of the Liberals. Your bias shows with that statement. Truth is not in your words.

      “In short, a low Newstart allowance promotes unemployment.”

      But this article is not about a raising the unemployment allowance, its about denying the unemployment allowance to new migrants, which McKin claims “is an outrageous attack on our multicultural community.” Oh, that sounds like racism; you missed that one, Peter. The word racism is always a good club to wave.

      But from the language used, as a white migrant to this land, I bet the term ‘multicultural community’ would not apply to me. Just as well that my attitude on arrival was employment, not unemployment, as with many, from all tribes.

      I’m looking forward to McKim losing his seat next. And that’s from a once hard-core Green voter since Democrat Senator Robert Bell fell.

      In short, I think your comment Peter, is a weak ‘do nothing, we will wipe your backside’ statement which does not elevate people’s lives.

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