Former Don Dale detainee and centre of an explosive Four Corners report Dylan Voller says he won’t be silenced after being arrested at a protest in Alice Springs.The 20-year-old and his mother Joanne Voller were among eight people apprehended after marching from the local courthouse to protest against youth prisons and Indigenous deaths in custody on Friday afternoon, Northern Territory Police confirmed.
“Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away,” Hugo Award-winning author John Scalzi wrote in a personal blog post over a decade ago. “Being poor is a heater in only one room of the house… Being poor is needing that 35-cent raise… Being poor is six dollars short on the utility bill and no way to close the gap… Being poor is knowing you work as hard as anyone, anywhere.”Economic insecurity is the American nightmare. It kills us earlier, messes up our mental health, saps the life out of us. Since Scalzi’s 2005 post, we’ve learned that more than 60 percent of us can’t afford a $500 emergency – which roughly translates to hoping the toothache goes away. That’s a pretty raw deal in exchange for an economic system that’s also killing the planet. And only rarely can we count on others to help us out. They’re either broke themselves, or profiting from our financial instability.“Being poor,” Scalzi wrote, “is relying on people who don’t give a damn about you.”
Two women who were forced out of their demountable homes by a developer have won a court battle for compensation after a six-year fight.Key points:Developer Tricare bought the residential park in 2011 and issued residents with an eviction noticeTwo women who fought for fair compensation awarded more than $400,000 combinedDecision could have ramifications for an estimated 40,000 residential-park residents in NSWWhen Judy Tucker and Beryl Anderson were told in 2012 by developer TriCare they were to be evicted from the Hastings Point Village in northern NSW, they decided to fight.Between them they had lived at the residential park for 43 years.TriCare bought the park in 2011 with plans to build a retirement village, leaving about 80 residents at risk of homelessness.
The Turnbull government has admitted it issued robo-debt recovery notices to 20,000 welfare recipients who were later found to owe less or even nothing.Documents presented to Parliament by Human Services Minister Alan Tudge showed the use of automated data matching processes by Centrelink and the Department of Human Services resulted in 19,980 debt notices being issued, all of which were either reduced or rescinded.
Together, let’s end homelessnessIf you believe all Australians deserve a safe and secure place to call home, sign your name to demand action from our government for greater investment into social and affordable housing.On any given night 105,0001 Australians – including more than 44,0002 children and young people – don’t have a place to call home.It’s a heart-breaking reality, one that’s unacceptable in a wealthy nation like ours.Not enough is being done to help the growing number of Australians who are struggling to pay the rent and for whom home ownership will never be an option. For over 650,0003 individuals and families on lower incomes, minor changes in their circumstances – a $10 per week rental increase, or an injury that stops them from working – could force them into homelessness.Australia’s severe shortage of affordable homes for low-income individuals and families is a crisis threatening to explode. More than 200,0004 people are currently on social housing waiting lists across the country, and we need our government to commit to a national target of 200,000 new social and affordable housing properties as a real solution to homelessness. There’s no place for inaction – tell our leaders more needs to be done.If you believe all Australians deserve a safe and secure place to call home, sign your name to demand action from our leaders for greater investment into social and affordable housing.
Source: Mission Australia – Act On It
Gabrielle Wallington never has a problem with Northern Territory Police when she goes to a bottle shop, but it is a different story for her Aboriginal partner.Josef Jakamarra Egger is an Aboriginal man who grew up in the Central Desert and teaches high school in Alice Springs, and said he is stopped by police every time he goes to buy alcohol.”In the last three days I’ve been stopped four times by police at the bottle shop,” Mr Egger said.
Just when you thought it was as crazy as it could get discovering that Indue’s contracts alone for the famed Cashless Debit Card Income Management Project exceeds$60 MILLION DOLLARS!OF TAXPAYERS MONEY