Wednesday, 26 April 2017

#notmydebt distracts from the real issues.

This government has targeted welfare recipients every time they are swamped with performance issues. Issuing backdated debts to welfare recipients is incredibly cruel policy. Doing it knowing that the data cross-referencing is flawed is just depraved. Unless you've experienced welfare you are really poorly qualified to speak on the hardship these people endure. Of our 226 federal politicians, the only person I am aware of to have experienced welfare is Jacqui Lambie. Welfare recipients represent a far greater proportion of Australian society than lawyers do.Lawyers account for less than 1% of the total population yet almost 60% of our politicians are lawyers. As you can see from that welfare recipients are far less represented in parliament. What is a welfare recipient? If a welfare recipient is someone receiving some type of financial remuneration from the government then I would argue almost all of us are. Somebody who's unemployed & single receives Newstart. Somebody who's earning $500,000.00 a year can use things like negative gearing & various other perks to reduce the amounts of tax they pay which is the equivalent of welfare without the indignity.

There is always going to be a disparity in life. People who have luck or are clever generally find a way to thrive. When a government runs on a platform of hope as this LNP government has twice since September 2013, they deserve scrutiny. Abbott promised to create 2 million jobs in 10 years. Turnbull promised jobs & growth using a dubious economic model known as trickle down economics. Since 2013 unemployment has fluctuated from 9.7% (R.Morgan) Sept 2013 to 9.4% Feb 2017 (R.Morgan) Many of the people that are categorised as employed are less than fully employed. This has increased over the last couple of decades in Australia. By any measure, this government is failing to deliver on its promises. People who are seeking the promised jobs are being unfairly branded to avert our eyes from this government's failure.

We need to provide jobs that employ people in the area's they reside. It is near on impossible for a young person to move into town for a minimum wage job the rent alone would fully consume their income. This is one of the primary reasons youth unemployment in regional Australia is so high. Governments need to solve these issues. If they don't have the answers they shouldn't be in parliament.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Complaint to ABC 20/2/2017 no response.

Posted on the 20th February 2017 via their email service. No reply within the 30-day deadline they offer up. Here is a copy of my complaint.

Program: ABC 730 
Program Date: 
ABC Service\Network: ABC Television 
ABC Recipient: 
Subject: Social media censorship & programming diversity. 
Your Comments: Last year I was a federal Senate candidate in Victoria. I have been quite vocal on social media about the appointment of Ms Guthrie and the subsequent glut of IPA members appearing on ABC programs. I have actively highlighted the lack of compliance to the ABC charter. During the final week of the federal election, we were contacted by a producer of the drum to appear on the program as a panellist, in response to a press release from my media manager. This offer was never followed up by the producer. I also some months later discovered I had been blocked on twitter by @abc730 I can only speculate as to the reasoning behind this. It does seem that my twitter account may have been vetted. @bugwannostra is my handle. I make no apologies for the position I have regarding diversity & compliance with the charter. I also think the Guthrie appointment is a deliberate attempt to give the Murdoch empire more control of content. How many of the 1,600 plus candidates did the ABC introduce to the Australian public in the lead-up to the federal election in 2016? None. They had incumbents and people that already were known to Australia via their media profiles. Surely this alone shows how far the ABC is from compliance to the charter? These issues have received a lot of attention on social media in the past 8 months.
Blocking people for being offensive is probably OK. Blocking them because they have an alternative view on one or several issues is not. Messing with somebodies election campaign & trying to quell their following by denying access to social media is just wrong.