I suppose I heard about it at the time but I recently heard about it again after another bill failed to pass the Senate. The original measure was to stop any under 25 year old person who became unemployed from receiving the dole (unemployment benefit) for six months. The government has now tried to get a four week period through the Senate, but fortunately failed to do so.
Six months without money? It is not like the dole is very much money. How is anyone to live? Mass homelessness? Soup kitchens? Starvation on the street? Begging? Prostitution? Theft?
While there may be a very few who bludge on the system, you really do need to be pretty smart and have a lot of fortitude to get away with it now. I don't think the image of twenty year old emerging from bed at noon in their family house holds true any more, except perhaps in pockets of extreme social disadvantage.
No matter the political persuasions of parties, they invariably disappoint once in power but this Liberal Party (conservative) government has been quite disgusting.
I rather like this one and a half minute long video I found at The Guardian, an electric only newspaper for us, which is surely threatening The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. If only they could add a few Melbourne car crash and lost children stories, I would be totally hooked.
Unionist Sally McManus has been keeping a blog running sheet called Tracking Abbott's Train Wreckage. You can take a look if you care to here. The final item is, 478. Breaks a promise to provide a stable and unified Government – 14 September 2015
Up to the video was written a week ago ago, and as the adage goes, a week is a long time in politics. Dina picked up from a speech by our new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, that he said it was a humbling experience to be chosen to be Prime Minister. I find it very amusing that Malcolm could even come close to feeling humble. I would ever go so far to say that Malcolm himself would probably find it amusing. Do we want a humble Prime Minister? I think I want a grand Prime Minister, full of confidence and have clarity of thought and clarity of policy.
Did you hear former Prime Minister Julia Gillard now approves of gay marriage, even though when she was Prime Minister she said she was resolutely against it. Did anyone ever believe that she was against gay marriage? It was just too out of character.
I mention this this because in a similar vein, I have never believed Malcolm Turnbull really supported fibre optic to the node at the end of our streets and not fibre optic to our homes. Time will tell. Turnbull made millions from his isp Ozemail that went on to become iiNet. What is it like for people in the bush? Bush Babe can tell you right here. While it is a long post, it well worth a read if you want to understand what it is like to live in the bush, away from the convenience of the city and fast and cheap broadband.
While I don't vote for the Liberal Party (conservative), and you probably haven't noticed that in any post I have written, I have never used The Abbott's first name. In the above post I have used Turnbull's first name. Are you picking up that I may have a modicum of respect for Turnbull? To his credit, Malcolm is much more presentable than The Abbott, believes in our taxpayer funded broadcaster the ABC, and along with supporting public transport, is also a frequent user of the same.