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YES!! :-) Onkaparinga Council becomes the 2nd Council in Adelaide and the 5th Council in SA (and Australia) to publicly support an increase to Newstart Allowance!! :-)

Well done to our southern suburbs branch!! :-)
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The entire welfare system is under siege, but as usual, it is arguably young people who are facing the most brutal assaults on their rights, incomes, and dignity.

Skyrocketing youth unemployment; cuts to student support; outrageously low Allowances (particularly Youth Allowance - EVEN LOWER than Newstart; and without a raise for three decades); $4 per hour PaTH "internships"; the exploitative, useless Work For The Dole; and as students (often being casual workers), more likely to be caught-up in Centrelink's robo-debts fiasco.

Plus marginalised youth facing isolation, and no recognition or support from the mental healthcare system.

It is all a recipe for increasing poverty and discrimination.

What do we do it about?

This forum is part of Attack Poverty, Not The Poor: Anti-Poverty Week Conference.

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Young, Stressed, Under Attack

October 20, 2017, 12:30pm - October 20, 2017, 1:30pm

The entire welfare system is under siege, but as usual, it is arguably young people who are facing the most brutal assaults on their rights, incomes, and dignity. Skyrocketing youth unemployment; cuts to student support; outrageously low Allowances (particularly Youth Allowance - EVEN LOWER than Newstart; and without a raise for three decades); $4 per hour PaTH "internships"; the exploitative, useless Work For The Dole; and as students (often being casual workers), more likely to be caught-up in Centrelink's robo-debts fiasco. Plus marginalised youth facing isolation, and no recognition or support from the mental healthcare system. It is all a recipe for increasing poverty and discrimination. What do we do it about? This forum is part of Attack Poverty, Not The Poor: Anti-Poverty Week Conference. FURTHER INFO: FACEBOOK: Tinyurl.com/yby4qepe EVENTBRITE (To Book Tickets): Tinyurl.com/yd9xhxdb GO FUND ME (To Donate): Tinyurl.com/y86c5x4s E: antipovertynetwork.sa@gmail.com P: 0411 587 663.

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TONIGHT: Onkaparinga has the chance to become the fifth Council in the country, and the second in Adelaide, to advocate for a raise to Newstart. ... See MoreSee Less

Onkaparinga: Time To Support Raising Newstart

September 19, 2017, 6:30pm - September 19, 2017, 9:30pm

Port Adelaide Enfield recently made history by becoming the first local council in Australia to publicly come out in favour of a rise to the miserable rate of Newstart, and since then three other local SA Councils have jumped aboard. Onkaparinga covers some of the less fortunate parts of Adelaide's south and has approximately 7,000 unemployed residents. We are inviting all supporters, particularly those in Adelaide's south, to come down to Onkaparinga Council on Tuesday September 19th to support members of the APNSA southern branch, who have spent weeks lobbying Councillors to get a motion to support raising Newstart passed. This will be a peaceful action with placards and other props to leave an impression upon Councillors that this is not an issue they can ignore. Looking forward to seeing you there :-)

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ONKAPARINGA, DO THE RIGHT THING!!

Tomorrow, you have the chance to become the fifth Council in SA (indeed, in all of Australia) to publicly support increasing Newstart.

It takes no resources, just some courage and principle. It will send a strong message to your unemployed residents, to the rest of the community, and to the federal government.

Even business groups support lifting Newstart - what are you waiting for? THIS is from one of your own residents:

"So what would it mean to me personally if there was an increase of $100 a week?

Well, to start with I would be able to afford to feed myself and my 15 year old son healthier food and more of it. I often go without as he requires being a competitive swimming athlete a high nutritional meal plan. He is one of South Australia’s top athletes in his age group and his chosen stoke of Butterfly. He has represented SA only recently in the National Championships and will be again next year as well. I am very fortunate to have a family that help support my son in realising his dream to become an Olympian swimmer. If I didn’t have this support from my family I would be finding a struggle just to send him to swim training once a week. As the costs for him to train 7 times a week plus gym sessions are completely unattainable for me to provide at this point in time.

That’s one way that poverty affects real life people and families. It puts road blocks in their path to success especially our most important asset the youth.

I recently was facing homelessness as many people do that live upon Newstart. I have been living in the same small modest house for the last 6 years. I’d like to point out that paying for my rental house cost me a fortnight over 78% of my available income. When I received a letter from my real estate agent that my lease would not be renewed as the owners wish to renovate the property. My little family, of myself my son and my 2 dogs were unable to acquire suitable and affordable housing. I had the horrible decision to make by separating us all.

My son was to live with my parents along with my pets and I was to couch surf with my friends until such a time I could establish secure housing for us all. I consider myself lucky that I have wonderful friends and family that I can turn to as lot of people don’t. If it wasn’t for them I honestly have no idea what would have occurred. As it happens I had a wonderful and very fortunate mother who found herself in the position to purchase a small property for us to live and never have to worry about housing again.

This however only slightly alleviates some of my issues I have financially. I have to provide internet and phone for both myself and my son. So I can look for work daily and he can study and receive good grades. I often find myself making choices of what’s more important to pay. Food, gas, electricity, transport, or communication needs. It’s a fortnightly struggle for us both. I am reasonably educated and have continued to study to make myself more employable.

I have so far been unable to secure any long term employment excluding a few casual positions that have unreliable hours. I choose to do volunteer work at a non profit organisation so I’m still gaining skills and necessary experience within my chosen field of community services, so far with very little success. Which is very much to my regret as I want to be able to self support by myself and my child."

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