Posts Tagged ‘Centrelink’

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With coronavirus restrictions easing across Australia, we argue that the aim should not be to return to normal, but rather to create a different society that addresses the inequalities and hardships that existed well before the pandemic.

We also discuss US politics and make a similar case against going back to normal post-Trump, highlighting the need to tackle ongoing problems with health care, the environment and class inequality.

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NOFX ‘The Marxist Brothers’, Briggs & Tim Minchin ‘HouseFyre (Lockdown Video) #StayHome’, NowThis News ‘Trump Caught On Hot Mic Before Coronavirus Address’.

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Image from @VICEAU

You can listen to this episode above and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. You can also listen to this episode on StitcherCyber Ears or download it on Archive.org (53mins, 44MB).

We discuss our experiences with Centrelink (Australia’s social security agency) and shifts towards a gig economy.

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Sweeney Todd ‘The Worst Pies in London’, Good Will HuntingIt’s Not Your Fault’, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryI’ve Got a Golden Ticket’, The Society Season 1 Episode 9 – ‘New Names’ Reaction, The Last Kinection ‘Broke’.

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roe-8

Protest against the destructive Roe 8 highway development in Perth. Image from @ConservationWA on Twitter.

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On this episode we cover a wide range of topics. We discuss protests against the destructive Roe 8 highway development in Perth. We also use this example to have a broader discussion on militant activism, direct action and a diversity of tactics. For more on this topic, check out Josh Harper’s talk ‘Reinventing Direct Action: Alternatives to Theatrical Militancy’.

We also discuss Edward Snowden; the documentary Citizen Four; the movie Snowden; Obama’s failings on surveillance, whistleblowers and other issues; and the Signal app and PureVPN for secure communication. For more on the issue of privacy and surveillance, check out John Twelve Hawks’s website and book Spark.

Other stuff covered throughout the episode is: the GetUp petition encouraging the government to ‘abandon the crude automated system that is cruelly and incorrectly accusing people of false Centrelink debts’, the article ‘New Expenses Algorithm Just Assumes All Government Ministers Are Misusing Entitlements’, Trump and Russia, taking your money out of the filthy banks, involuntary mindfulness, and Katie misunderstanding punk and hardcore lyrics.

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ChumbawambaFine Society’, Shaggy ‘It Wasn’t Me’, True BloodAmy True on AkalaThe Fall’, Anti-FlagGot the Numbers’.

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tax-dodgers

Cartoon by Alan Moir, from smh.com.au

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On this episode, Nick is joined by his brother Liam Pendergrast, one of the many victims of Centrelink’s new compliance system. This new computer system used by Australia’s welfare/social security system is issuing 20,000 debt notices a week, which is not only affecting vulnerable people, but many of these notices are incorrect in their claim that people under-reported their income while on Centrelink.

If you’ve received a false debt letter from Centrelink, you’re not alone – visit notmydebt.com.au and share your story. Also check out #NotMyDebt on Twitter for more stories and information on the issue.

In some Trump-related news, we discuss Jason Brownlee’s article ‘Trump gives no reason to believe U.S. nation-building will end on Jan. 20’ (a topic we discussed with Jason on episode 146) and Amnesty’s International’s petition calling for Obama to take his last chance to leave a lasting human rights legacy. Check out Ward Churchill’s spoken word CD ‘In A Pig’s Eye: Reflections on the Police State, Repression and Native America’ for more on Native American activist Leonard Peltier’s case, which is referred to in Amnesty’s petition.

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ThejuicemediaCentrelink Fail – Honest Government Advert’, Freeman Dre & The Kitchen PartyIt’s Good To Have Faith In The Lord’, Choking VictimMoney’ – featuring Michael Parenti, Leonard Cohen ‘The Future’.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Liam’s Centrelink story, here and below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.