||Issue No. 261||29 April 2005|
Lest We Forget
Interview: [email protected]
Unions: State of the Union
Industrial: Fashion Accessories
Legal: Leg Before Picket
Politics: Business Welfare Brats
Health: Cannabis Controversy
Economics: Debt, Deficit, Downturn
History: Politics In The Pubs
Review: Three Bob's Worth
Poetry: Do The Slowly Chokie
The Locker Room
Letters to the Editor
Will there be no end to the onslaught upon those must vulnerable in our society by the oppressive regime of the Howard Government.
This oppression legitimised through association with pseudo Christian conglomerates such as the Salvation Army.
I refer to the recent proposed assault on the long term unemployed, as reported in the ABC Online 'Dole cheats' may face payment suspensions'.
As one who has (not through choice) recently been long-term unemployed 3 years in fact, and experienced the behaviours of the Salvation Army Employment Plus, I would suggest that this are the last organisation that should be provided with taxpayers dollars, for any reason. Of course this Employment Plus is a separate entity from the Salvation Army Œper se‚.
The outrageous statement from Work Force Participation Minister Peter Dutton says tougher action on dole cheats is needed; this in its self is an unfair labelling of long term unemployed
I had a Social Contract with the Australian Government, that I would work and pay my taxes, and in return, there would be safety nets in place, I have for almost 40 years maintained without complaint my part of this contract, it is now that the Howard Government attempts to renege on this Contract, a behaviour not inherent in persons of integrity.
What really left me agape was the statements from the Salvation Army Employment Plus John Dalziel, stating that:‰ they deal with a small percentage of people who are dispirited and despondent because they have been trying to unsuccessfully for an extended period of time to get a job‰-„When we work with them about their feelings of alienation they will be persuaded to go for jobs that have some potential of them getting.‰ He said
Unfortunately my experience with this particular Job Network provider was: the catalyst to these very feelings of which this spokesman referred to, these feeling culminating in extreme depression.
During my interactions with this Job Network Provider, I felt continually demeaned.
This relationship ended when , this job network provider , recommended my payments be suspended , because I refused to sign a false statement , my appeals to the Social Security Tribunal although successful , caused not only distress but additional loss of self esteem.
It is my honest belief that this organisation is totally unsuited to benefit from the Australian Tax Dollar and one only needs to give a cursory glace to the Social Security Act, compared it to the Crimes Act, to realise that to adhere to one is in breach of the other.
Also, I would query why, in a secular society, is preferential treatment being given to a Christian Sect.
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