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GREAT FILM SCREENING AND DINNER EVENT!
APN is hosting a screening and the Cathy Come Home, as well as a community dinner straight after.
Come on down for great movies, food and conversation!

Film Screening + Community Dinner: Cathy Come Home
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Film Screening + Community Dinner: Cathy Come Home

January 27, 2018, 6:00pm - January 27, 2018, 9:00pm

- Dinner: 6pm - Film Screening: 7pm - Q&A: 8:20pm Cathy Come Home, by Ken Loach, director of I, Daniel Blake, follows a young couple in the UK in 1960s. Cathy and Reg deal with sudden unemployment, lack of affordable housing, extremely inadequate welfare payments, and rigid, underfunded support services. It is the story of how poor people experience judgement and punishment for being poor, instead of dignity and justice. Sound familiar? Info: 0411 587 663 or antipovertynetwork.sa@gmail.com.

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Recently, we have been liaising with someone who has been having Work For The Dole issues. They had been made to do Work For The Dole at a site that did not have a safety assessment done. And if that is not suspicious enough, because of this fact, as if this was their fault, they were not getting their Travel Allowance ($10 per week), despite all the extra travellineg. It took a fair bit of back and forth, but the job agency finally agreed to compensate her, by giving her a bunch of petrol vouchers. If you are having issues with your job agency, whether you think they are a big or small, feel free to make contact with us. :-)

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Recently, we have been liaising with someone who has been having Work For The Dole issues. They had been made to do Work For The Dole at a site that did not have a safety assessment done. And if that is not suspicious enough, because of this fact, as if this was their fault, they were not getting their Travel Allowance ($10 per week), despite all the extra travellineg. It took a fair bit of back and forth, but the job agency finally agreed to compensate her, by giving her a bunch of petrol vouchers.

If you are having issues with your job agency, whether you think they are a big or small, feel free to make contact with us. :-)
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Stunning film by Ken Loach, a timeless exploration of poverty, stigma, and judgemental, unsupportive welfare systems. Set in the UK in the 1960s, but very familiar. ... See MoreSee Less

Film Screening + Community Dinner: Cathy Come Home

January 27, 2018, 6:00pm - January 27, 2018, 9:00pm

- Dinner: 6pm - Film Screening: 7pm - Q&A: 8:20pm Cathy Come Home, by Ken Loach, director of I, Daniel Blake, follows a young couple in the UK in 1960s. Cathy and Reg deal with sudden unemployment, lack of affordable housing, extremely inadequate welfare payments, and rigid, underfunded support services. It is the story of how poor people experience judgement and punishment for being poor, instead of dignity and justice. Sound familiar? Info: 0411 587 663 or antipovertynetwork.sa@gmail.com.

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STORIES FROM PEOPLE STRUGGLING WITH THE COST OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT

If you have had any issues with public transport and its costs, or any opinions, please let us know in the comments

“As an unemployed person who struggles to pay rent each week, the added cost of public transport fares means I do not venture anywhere that I can not walk to. The cost of catching public transport is an added cost I cannot afford. I say it every day, there are things just about every day where if there was not a friend or family member to take me, I would not be going. I am just lucky I live across the road from a major shopping centre and within walking distance of Centrelink and my employment services provider, otherwise I have no idea how I would attend appointments.” - Kat Lee
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Why is it such a desperate, frustrating, stressful experience being on a welfare payment?

Because it is meant to be that way.
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Low-income people in SA are really struggling. Over 100,000 people per month are accessing food relief.

Here is something the state government could do to assist those living in poverty, it is perfectly feasible, it is just a question of priorities.

Sign our petition here: www.communityrun.org/petitions/fair-public-transport-fares.
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Thanks to one of our members for sharing this with us.

"I was threatened with being cut of payments when I ‘missed’ an appointment via text message. As it turned out I hadn’t missed an appointment at all. The young officious desk gal made a mistake and put the wrong date (a month prior) in the electronic diary. She stubbornly refused to acknowledge it was her mistake and insisted I must appear within 24 hours or else be ‘cut off’. I made an appointment for the next day. Was made to wait 90 mins. I only managed to convince her it was her ( their) mistake by pointing out ‘why would I make an appointment for one month earlier - when the date had already passed?’ Lucky I had evidence in both my phone diary and hard copy diary ( even though logically I couldn’t make a date for a time that had already passed).

Instead of apologizing I was told how lucky I was not to have been cut off.

When I saw the job provider officer she said that ‘really I wouldn’t have been cut off.’ ‘Why send people a text saying so? Why cause so much stress?
“I don’t know” she said.
Well I do.

The Job Agencies are only interested in getting people off the dole. Off their books. That’s how they get bonuses. So the pressure is on to get people off by whatever means they can.

The demerit system will only give them a longer more flexible stick in which to threaten and wield and waste our time. Time we could be putting to use to find employment or to work out casual hours.

Precarious employment requires flexibility and the Job Agencies need workers with empathy, skill, patience and a true desire to assist people in finding work and developing careers in a flexible manner. The Job Agency I go to is owned by one woman ( who has many branches State wide). I resent one person getting Uber rich off the back of the unemployed. Her agency has a huge staff turn over, limited resources and from what I have observed her workers are stressed to the eyeballs and wrought. No wonder they like wielding a stick. It probably makes them feel a little bit powerful within the grinding wheel of exploitation."
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