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Time to put the job agencies on notice: unemployed workers can and will stand together, we won't be isolated, blamed, micromanaged and bullied as if the hostile job market were our responsibility.
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Job Agencies - We've Had Enough

May 26, 2017, 2:00pm - May 26, 2017, 3:30pm

On the fourth Friday of every month, we will be visiting different job agencies in Port Adelaide. We will read stories from job-seekers who have had difficult, unpleasant experiences, and chat to job-seekers about how their job agency is treating them. WHAT ARE JOB AGENCIES? Job agencies are the government-funded organisations meant to help unemployed people find work. More and more, we are hearing that “help” means: Bullying and harassing unemployed people. Failing to take health issues seriously. Wrongly cutting off job-seekers' payments. Wasting unemployed people's time. Never informing clients of their rights. Job agencies make big money off the government - $1.7 billion per year - but what, really, do they do for the unemployed? They get paid for pressuring unemployed people into Work For The Dole, and useless training. ATTACK UNEMPLOYMENT, NOT THE UNEMPLOYED We all know there are not enough jobs to go around - 1 job for every 11 job-seekers - but unemployed people keep getting the blame, have to survive on the inadequate Newstart ($267 per week), and deal with strict Centrelink rules. We're sick of it!! Governments need to stop punishing the unemployed, and start solving the jobs crisis. INFO: E: antipovertynetwork.sa@gmail.com P: 0411 587 663 W: antipovertynetworksa.org FB: facebook.com/antipovertynetworksa facebook.com/groups/antipovertynetworksa

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DISCUSSION POST:
At our last central organising meeting, we discussed having a kind of debating training session where we could practice arguing with people who think the current welfare system is fair and just, or even that it’s too generous. We thought it would be a great idea to get input from everyone about this.

SO, what are some common arguments you’ve heard against increasing welfare, and how have/would you respond to these arguments?
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WOULD YOU LIKE TO SIGN OUR OPEN LETTER TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT?

We are drawing attention to the health impacts of: 1) extremely low welfare payments; 2) reduced access to Disability Support Pension, and 3) Centrelink's complex, stressful rules around medical exemptions and certificates.

E-mail us at antipovertynetwork.sa@gmail.com if you would like to add your name.
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What To Do About Job Networks? + Southern Branch Meeting

May 27, 2017, 1:00pm - May 27, 2017, 3:00pm

Feel your job network mistreats you? Unfairly breaches you? Does not give you enough notice of appointments? Never lets you reschedule? Never takes your health issues seriously? Then this event is for you. We will be discussing these sorts of problems and how to respond to them. We will also be distributing copies of the Unemployed Workers Rights Guide. Download it here: tinyurl.com/zxdzp9x . How can we help job-seekers to defend their rights? Come along with your stories, questions, and ideas. This event will be followed by a meeting of our Southern Suburbs Branch, which is open to all. Anti-Poverty Network SA is an alliance of job-seekers, sole parents, Disability Pensioners, carers, students, and others fighting for the dignity, needs, and rights of all people on welfare payments and other low-income people. INFO: W: antipovertynetworksa.org FB (public page): facebook.com/antipovertynetworksa FB (organising group): facebook.com/groups/antipovertynetworksa E: antipovertynetwork.sa@gmail.com P: 0411 587 663

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Having worked in drug and alcohol rehabs for part of my health care career there is more than ample evidence supporting the biomedical model for substance abuse and addiction. Brain scans of meth addicts have extremely similar structures to that of schizophrenics as an example.

The current announcement from our illustrious federal government who plans to drug test and penalise those who test positive to illicit substances is concerning on many fronts. As I indicated in my talk last weekend is an addicts money is halved their addiction doesn't suddenly halve. We will all potentially be victimised through theft and other criminal activities so drug addicts can maintain their addiction.

In the facility where I worked often magistrates when sentencing would give the offender a choice of incarceration or rehab. That brings me to a speculation that the management of said rehab may be in collusion with the government to bolster numbers of clients coming through their services. It's certainly not beyond the realm of possibility. Rehab should be a choice but I do think fair punishments for crimes committed is reasonable.
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DO YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR BRANCHES?

Anti-Poverty Network has four suburban branches, in different parts of Adelaide, to help activate people who live outside the city, and who cannot make our events in town.

Our branches hold educational and community events, do fliering and stalls, run campaigns, and organise all sorts of other activities.

- NORTHERN SUBURBS BRANCH: Meets fourth Saturday of every month, 1:30pm, Twelve25 Youth Centre, 17 Wiltshire Street, Salisbury
- NORTHWESTERN SUBURBS BRANCH: Meets fourth Friday of every month, 11am, Maritime Union, 65 St. Vincent Street, Port Adelaide
- SOUTHERN SUBURBS BRANCH: Next meeting on Saturday May 27th, 1pm, Signatures Cafe, 287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park
- EASTERN SUBURBS BRANCH: Meets first Friday of the month, 1:30pm, Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, corner Portrush Road and Parade, Beulah Park.

Contact us if you want to get involved, or if you have any questions.
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NEWSTART ALLOWANCE RECIPIENTS, WHAT WOULD AN EXTRA $100 PER WEEK MEAN FOR YOU?

"Depending on Newstart payments for your income can put a strain on how you spend your time. A raise to Newstart of $100 per week would mean unemployed people are free to get out of the house, be a part of a community, catch a friend's gig, be a generous friend (not have to feel like “the cheapskate”), or be able to chip in for a dinner. Having this freedom gives us a sense of dignity; unemployment shouldn't be house-arrest." - Oli.
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Do you live in the eastern suburbs and feel angry and upset about how unemployed people and others on welfare payments are treated?

Do you want to be involved in a group that believes people out of work should be treated with fairness and respect, instead of punished and blamed for things outside their control?

Then come along to this. We will be discussing and planning future events and projects aiming to improve the lives of people on welfare.

Anti-Poverty Network SA is an alliance of people on Centrelink payments - carers, Disability Pensioners, job-seekers, students, single parents, Age Pensioners - fighting back against government attacks.

We hold forums, picnics, rallies, and do all sorts of advocacy, campaigning, community, educational, and other activities.
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Eastern Suburbs Branch Meeting

June 2, 2017, 1:30pm - June 2, 2017, 3:00pm

Do you live in the eastern suburbs and feel angry and upset about how unemployed people and others on welfare payments are treated? Do you want to be involved in a group that believes people out of work should be treated with fairness and respect, instead of punished and blamed for things outside their control? Then come along to this. We will be discussing and planning future events and projects aiming to improve the lives of people on welfare. Anti-Poverty Network SA is an alliance of people on Centrelink payments - carers, Disability Pensioners, job-seekers, students, single parents, Age Pensioners - fighting back against government attacks. We hold forums, picnics, rallies, and do all sorts of advocacy, campaigning, community, educational, and other activities.

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On Saturday May 20th, 2017, around 40-50 people, including lots of unfamiliar faces, joined us for an afternoon of terrific and moving speeches; productive and action-focused small break-out groups; and a mouth-watering dinner that will go down in Anti-Poverty Network SA history as one of the best. ... See MoreSee Less

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