Audio @antloewenstein on “Profits of Doom” Corporations like #Serco make millions despite failures in detention centres #auspol #wapol

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Asylum seekers protesting on the roof of the Villawood immigration detention centre in Sydney, Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Antony Loewenstein @antloewenstein speaks with Tony Serve @perthtones about the giant Serco corporation and it’s failures on human rights and other key issues as part of discussion of his new book “Profits of Doom”

The nexus between huge corporations and our politcial leaders is at the heart of death, suffering and economic skullduggery here in West Australia, nationally and overseas.

Click here to visit Antony’s site for more info on his books and his upcoming visit to W.A

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Click here for story on WA Police asking Barnett Government to stop Serco “dumping” prisoners at stations.

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from @SenatorLudlam solutions for poverty in WA as the old parties go missing – @wacoss report #ausvotes

Greens offer solutions for poverty in WA as the old parties go missing

Australian Greens senators for Western Australia – Scott Ludlam and Rachel Siewert. 5 September 2013.

The Australian Greens said today that they remain the only party with effective policies on the table to reduce the incidence of poverty in Western Australia.

The new WA Council of Social Service Cost Of Living Report released today shows that a lack of affordable housing, increased living costs and inadequate levels of income support are driving Western Australians below the poverty line, with job seekers, single parents and families on low or fixed incomes most at risk.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the findings by WACOSS showed that providing more affordable housing was essential to ending poverty in Western Australia.

“The figures released today show Australia is experiencing rising rates of child poverty, with one in six children living in poverty – an increase of 15% since 2001, and that the cost of housing is the biggest single driver of financial hardship.

“In 2012-13, the biggest factor in the rising financial pressure on low income households was increasing rent – accounting for up to three quarters of the total rise in living costs.

“Workers on the minimum wage, part time workers and people on income support are struggling – the cost of living is rising faster than their incomes and unaffordable housing is the key driver. People are spending half of their income on keeping a roof over their heads – this can’t go on.

“The Greens have a series of initiatives to deliver more affordable housing: a plan for 85,000 new rental properties through the National Rental Affordability Scheme and a Convert To Rent program; a plan to double support services and build 7000 new homes for the homeless; and a plan to build 122,000 new social housing homes to get 225,000 families, couples and singles off the national waiting list – and to fund them with private investment through housing supply bonds.

“Only the Greens are standing up for Australians struggling to afford a place to live. Only the Greens have delivered serious, fully-costed initiatives that would take the pressure out of the housing market and help people make ends meet,” said Senator Ludlam.

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert spokesperson on families and community services said the WACOSS report highlighted the growing gap between low income households income and the cost of basic necessities.

"People on income support including single parent families are falling further behind every week as their income cannot meet the cost of living. People are being condemned to live in poverty,” said Senator Siewert.

“This reality shows the inherent cruelty in Labor’s decision to move single parents onto Newstart in January, with the full support of Tony Abbott. Running a negative household budget means people go without the essentials, miss bills and are forced to rely on credit, support from family or friends or turn to our community sector for assistance.

“In a wealthy country like Australia, it is not acceptable for more than 2.3 million people, nearly 600,000 of whom are children, to live below the poverty line.

"Income support needs to be increased. The Greens have clearly demonstrated that by fixing the mining tax we can provide a $50 per week increase for people on Newstart and Youth Allowance, as well as providing an additional supplement of $40 per week for all single parents on Newstart.

“This should be part of a National Anti-Poverty Strategy, founded on the principle that tackling poverty means addressing the range of underlying factors that contribute to it.

"The Greens are the only party talking about poverty and offering strong, costed policies to address it. We can be trusted to stand up to the old parties and help Australia’s most vulnerable people," Senator Siewert concluded.

The Greens affordable housing plans in detail –

Contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

Your favourite TV station may be part of this bastardry – please read & share #ausvotes #media #censorship

from our friends at GetUp…. this is rank bastardry by coporrate media that will continue unless we challenge it….


I’m just off the phone after dozens of radio interviews. Our member-funded ad calling out Murdoch’s bias is causing quite a fuss.

Already, 830,000 people have seen the ad on air or online — but now all three major TV networks are pulling it off air and refusing to run it.1. Some of the network representatives told us directly: they’re not running the ad because they don’t want to criticise Rupert Murdoch.

We’ve filed an official complaint with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, but we can’t wait for a ruling to take our next step. We have to get this message out, right now. So if the commercial channels are slamming the door we’ll just go around them — and go bigger.

If our proposed TV ads had gone through, we would have reached an additional 500,000 TV viewers by the election. But if each of us simply shares this video on Facebook, Twitter and over email we can shatter that number. Let’s work together to reach 750,000 views online before the election.

Please click here to share the ad on Facebook

Click here to share the ad on Twitter

And then forward this email to everyone you know so they can do the same.

Why is this important? TV networks use a public good – the airwaves licensed to them by the Government. If networks decide who is allowed to advertise based on which messages they agree with, our democracy is seriously compromised. That’s precisely why laws prevent the networks from refusing reasonable attempts by political parties to run ads during election cycles. But since GetUp members aren’t a political party, the networks have decided that they can block our right to free speech — purely because they don’t like what we have to say.

They don’t want our money – but we don’t need them. We’re already moving our advertising online, reaching hundreds of thousands more Australians. And if we all share this far and wide, we can make our impact even bigger.

Let’s prove that in 2013 people power can beat the corporate blackout. Our democracy depends on it.

With determination,

Sam, for the GetUp team.

PS. To see how the events of the last few days have unfolded, including the great media coverage we’ve received since the ad was banned, click here:

[1] “Anti-Murdoch article banned from Television”, The Age, September 3, 2013