• Fair Go for Pensioners!
    Fair Go for Pensioners calls on our respective ministers and parliamentarians to recognise the significant hardship facing pensioners and other people on low income as they struggle with the rising cost of living issues and urge the Federal Government to commit to national policies to reduce poverty and inequality. Fair Go for Pensioners reference to "pensioners" means all those receiving income support payments and payments to families provided by the Federal Government and administered by Centrelink. Fair Go for Pensioners call on the Federal Government to: 1. Increase the age pension rate from 27.7% to 35% of male total average weekly earnings (MTAWE). 2. Adopt quality indexation for all income support payments using age pension indexation measures. 3. Increase over the median term (i.e. 4 years) all single case rates of publicly funded income support payments from 27.7% to 35% MTAWE. 4. Prioritise over the longer term (i.e. 7 years) a publicly provided decent living income for pensioners. 5. Raise the inadequate Newstart Allowance to at least $100 per week for the singles basic rate as a matter of urgency. 6. Revert retirement age to 65 years of age and not continue to increase to 67 years by 1 July 2023. 7. Outline plans to achieve zero hunger so that everyone in Australia has enough safe and nutritious food to thrive. 8. Implement a new Affordable Housing Agreement to include for renters the growth of affordable public housing at 25% rent to total household income. 9. Increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) maximum rate for retirees renting by at least $30 a week for couples and $50 for single - dis-proportionally women - and that CRA be indexed to housing costs not CPI. 10. Ensure pensions/alowances are not restricted due to overseas travel to visit loved ones. 11. Prioritise improved healthcare measures for all people on low incomes. An expanded range of culturally appropriate medical services are delivered for free or at lower cost under the publicly administered Medicare system including optional, hearing and pharmaceutical service and free care as a public patient in a public hospital. 12. Conduct and subside for healthcare card holders an awareness campaign to increase knowledge of medical supplies. 13. Establish and fund Medicare a free national public dental care system for all pensioners and other in low incomes. 14. Increase significantly the level of funding for aged care services and extend services to meet growing demand in this area. 15. Enact tough legislation and penalties for unscrupulous operators to protect older people and other concession card holders considering taking out reverse mortgages. 16. Outline plans to reduce the impact of the GST on all income support recipients and introduce a fair pricing policy for goods and services. 17. Introduce a new and expanded 4-year National Partnership Agreement on Concessions for Pensioners including for all utilities, public transport, motor vehicle registration, council rates and a broadband supplement or applied to to applicable hardware purchases of $40/month. 18. Reform the tax system for a fairer one including closing superannuation tax concession loopholes e.g. taxing all super pensions at 15% rather than zero and cutting maximum pre-tax contributions to $11,000 from the current $25,000. 19. Ensure these superannuation reforms reduce those ordinary default members' account fees and that such fees are invested in MySuper default products. 20. Increase the low income superannuation contribution payment up to $1,000 to assist low-income earners save towards retirement.
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  • The Federal Government must intervene to save Telstra jobs
    Unless the Government acts to stop Telstra putting profit before people, these job losses will devastate Telstra workers, their families and the local communities that these jobs support. Telstra isn’t just an ordinary phone company, it’s a former public asset that still provides essential telecommunications services such as 000, and other vital services in rural and regional Australia. The Federal Government needs to intervene now.
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  • Tell Turnbull to apologise to aged care workers!
    Malcolm Turnbull has just shown us what he really thinks of aged care workers and the care we give. We provide quality care to older Australians and help ensure they have dignified lives. It’s hard to imagine what a “better job” could be, but our rate of pay doesn’t reflect that. Honestly, Malcolm Turnbull’s attitude towards aged care is nothing new. He has already cut funding for aged care by more than a billion dollars, leaving aged care service providers struggling to provide the care our older Australians deserve. Turnbull has done a massive disservice to aged care workers like myself and the people we care for. The people we care for have done so much for our community and now I feel we’re failing when it’s our turn to care for them. He claims he values aged care but his words and actions don’t line up. Turnbull needs not only to apologise for his comments, but put his money where his mouth is and increase funding to aged care. Let’s make it very clear: Turnbull needs to value aged care workers and the people we care for!
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  • Send a message to Louise Staley - make wage theft a crime
    Stealing is wrong. Yet every year thousands of workers in regional Victoria are robbed. They are victims of wage theft. Wage theft is when companies deliberately underpay workers or refuse to pay superannuation. If workers stole from the till, we could go to jail. But if bosses steal from us, all they have to do is pay it back, if they’re ever caught. How is that fair? The rules are broken. The current laws make wage theft too easy and the punishment is too light. It’s now so common it’s become a business model. Business owners right now are getting rich by stealing from their staff. WE NEED TO CHANGE THE RULES Louise Staley, the Andrews Labor Government has committed to make wage theft a crime, will you?
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  • Tell the PM to apologise to care workers!
    Malcolm Turnbull just proved one thing: how little he values care workers, and the people we care for. For many of our aged and disabled clients, we are their only link to a dignified life. It’s hard work, but it’s absolutely vital – and I’d be hard pressed to find a ‘better’ or more rewarding job. Yet tens of thousands of Australians are waiting for home care packages or for room in aged care facilities, while the people who do the vital work of caring for them struggle to get by – with the rate of pay no where near matching the demands of the job. This is a national disgrace, and I don’t believe Turnbull's views reflect how Australians feel about some of our most hard-working and caring citizens – or our most vulnerable. Turnbull's comments did a disservice to both, and care workers and the people we work with deserve not just an apology, but genuine recognition. Care workers deserve fairness, certainty, and recognition for our work – not derision from our Prime Minister. Add your voice to make it loud and clear: care workers need jobs you can count on!
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  • KEEP RAMSAY CENTRE OUT OF USYD
    The Ramsay Centre is a private body with $3 billion to establish a “Western Civilisation” arts degree at major universities, funded by a bequest from private health magnate and top Liberal Party donor Paul Ramsay. The Ramsay Centre aims to give academic respectability to racist ideas under the guise of celebrating “Western Civilisation” and its supposed supremacy. Board members of the Ramsay Centre include hard right former Liberal Prime Ministers, John Howard and Tony Abbott. Speaking to the course content of the proposed Ramsay Centre, Abbott affirmed the Centre’s conservative and Eurocentric vision, emphasising “it’s not just about Western Civilisation but in favour of it”. Structural discrimination will be introduced to the humanities with enormous resources, including $25,000 scholarships and small tutorial sizes, given to students who study “Western Civilisation” but not to students that study areas they deem inferior; those Abbott decries as “pervaded by Asian, Indigenous and sustainability perspectives”. University staff have expressed well founded concerns regarding academic independence. Ramsay Centre CEO Simon Haines has said they will review all course content, not hire teachers who have criticised Western civilisation and will withdraw funding if they think the course isn’t sufficiently pro-West. Universities should be a place to challenge dominant ideas, institutions and systems - not a place where billionaires can buy influence over curriculum, staffing and pedagogy in order to pedal racism disguised as appreciation for “Western Culture”. The University is selling control over its curriculum to the highest bidder and turning a blind eye to academic freedom and integrity to do so. We are strongly opposed to the University entering into any arrangement with the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation.
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  • Hairy Little Sista: Stop Stealing Wages
    Across the hospitality industry, from Barry Cafe to Chin Chin to Vue de Monde, wage theft has become a business model. Hospo workers are fed up and now we’re fighting back. We have joined together to launch Hospo Voice, a powerful new union just for hospo workers so we can hold employers to account. We're calling on the Fair Work Ombudsman to conduct a full audit of Hairy Little Sista and order repayment of unpaid wages to all past and present staff. Right now.
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  • Stop the Liberal’s plans to privatise the ABC
    The ABC is a national treasure. It provides high quality entertainment and news services for all of us. Now the Libs want to sell it to the highest bidder. We need to keep it in public hands so it can continue to educate and entertain the next generation of Australians without ads and without a right-wing agenda.
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  • Stop the Curtin Trimonster
    Curtin University has sneakily unveiled a plan in the middle of exams to introduce Trimesters. This plan would see Curtin Students lose a tuition free week each semester as well as their study week or teaching week before exams. All this so they can squeeze in a whole extra semester each year. These proposals would see students and staff under more pressure, with less time for study and assessments. Less time to work and support their families and puts students receiving Centrelink, Private Health and Transperth concessions at risk amongst numerous other problems. We all deserve a quality education and this proposal will result in the exact opposite. Stop the Trimonster. Save our Semesters.
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  • Keep Our Firearms Registry Secure
    The NSW Firearms Registry was established in 2002, and is managed by the NSW Police Force. Its role is to administer the Firearms and Prohibited Weapons legislation. The core business of the Registry involves maintaining accurate, up-to-date and secure information relating to the location of legal firearms. The Registry is responsible for much more than this, however - it also plays a crucial role in building community awareness and education in relation to firearm and prohibited weapons by providing the community with information on the possession, use and safe storage of firearms and prohibited weapons. The Firearms Registry also offers a range of services, including issuing firearm licences and permits to individuals, businesses, clubs and dealers, the registration of firearms and the monitoring of compliance of the Firearms Act 1996, the Weapons Prohibition Act 1998 and associated regulations. The Registry was moved to Murwillumbah in 2000 as part of the former Carr Government's strategy of decentralising public service functions away from Sydney and stimulating jobs in regional areas. The Office now employs around 90 locals, predominantly women. The current Liberal/National Party State Government, however, has told workers that one third of these positions will be terminated in the coming months. This includes 15 temporary contract workers who will lose their jobs at the end of June, and a further 15 contract employees who will not have their contracts renewed. Management has told staff that the job cuts are needed to save money after a blow-out in the cost of a new web site and database being developed by Service NSW. A weakened Firearms Registry means weaker defences against the use of guns in our community. It means that Police Officers will no longer have access to reliable information about potential firearm risks when responding to call-outs. It means a greater risk of guns going "missing". And it means that our world-leading gun ownership regime, which was introduced after the Port Arthur massacre and has seen the number of criminal incidents involving firearms dropping by around 50 per cent, would be needlessly undermined.
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  • Hair stylists need a pay cut like a hole in the head!
    Hairdressing is already one of the lowest paid trades. This proposal by HABA would be a kick in the guts hairdressers just don’t need, particularly when pay is already so low. HABA is a powerful lobby group that represent salon owners. It’s time hairdressers made their voice heard! Make your voice count and sign this petition.
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  • Job Security for Court Security
    Governments should support safe and secure jobs. In the interest of community safety. The Barnett State Government put the WA Court Security work out to tender, saving $36 million. Won only at the expense of the wages of the court security officers and at the expense of communities that rely on the risk these officers take at their jobs every day. These officers are now being sentenced to a deal that: 1. Divides the workers on 2 different rates of pay 2. Does not pay allowances for working in the regions (much to the detriment of communities that rely on the risk these officers undertake.) These workers have been fighting for 12 months and have had ENOUGH. Now they are taking action. Sign this petition to support them holding their employer and the WA State Government to account. Read more about the history of this fight here: http://www.twuwa.org.au/articles/view/job-security-for-court-security.html
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