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Stop Government Income Management meeting this Saturday

May 22, 2012

(EDIT) This meeting has already happened

Got this from Stop Intervention, see below. Government initiatives like this just blow a huge hole in the self esteem of those poor souls subject to it…

Please circulate widely…

STOP GOVERNMENT INCOME MANAGEMENT
In Bankstown and Everywhere

Seminar for community and union members

Saturday May 26th @ 1pm to 3pm

Arab Council Australia, 194 Stacey Street near Bankstown station

From public sector workers in housing, child protection, Centrelink and schools, through the whole education and community sectors, the relationship between workers and their clients is set to be fundamentally changed by compulsory income management. It will take the increasingly punitive and discriminatory direction of social welfare policy in Australia to a whole new level.

Please join us for this important discussion of how community organisations and unionists can continue to work together to stop the imposition of income management and the damaging effects it will have on our communities and our jobs.

Speakers:

*Patricia Morton-Thomas, Aboriginal activist from Alice Springs living on the Basics Card

*Randa Kattan, Arab Council Australia

*Margaret Goneis, Bankstown Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee

*Gerard Thomas, National Welfare Rights Network

*Robin Croon and Sue Gillet, Public Service Association of NSW

*Rita Wilkinson, Australian Services Union and worker at Metro Migrant Resource Centre

*Melanie Fernandez, Finance Sector Union and Women’s Electoral League

*Paddy Gibson, Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
Endorsers include: Say No to Government Income Management Coalition, Bankstown, Australian Services Union NSW & ACT Services Branch, Canterbury-Bankstown Teachers Federation, Public Service Association of NSW, the Maritime Union of Australia – Sydney Branch, SEARCH Foundation, Stop the Intervention Collective, Sydney.

Background

The NT Intervention on Aboriginal communities was imposed by the Howard government in 2007 and continued by the Gillard Government. Now, new legislation is set to extend it for a further 10 years and to expand its authoritarian provisions for compulsory income management to communities across the country.

Bankstown, Sydney, is one of the five trial sites for national compulsory income management. What does this mean? From public sector workers in housing, child protection, Centrelink and schools, through the whole education and community sectors, the relationship between workers and their clients is set to be fundamentally changed by compulsory income management. It will take the increasingly punitive and discriminatory direction of social welfare policy in Australia to a whole new level.

Income Management will also impact adversely on refugee and humanitarian communities. Many feel survivor guilt and therefore “do without” so they can send money back to family in their countries of origin and in refugee camps. This act alone could trigger a ‘financially vulnerable’ label and an imposition of income management.

We need to continue organising to oppose the implementation of this policy. In July, Centrelink case officers will be instructed to place “vulnerable” welfare recipients in Bankstown on compulsory income management. Between 50% and 70% of welfare payments would be quarantined. The income managed money could be placed on a BASICS card, which can only be used in certain shops for certain products.

We believe that a successful campaign to stop this roll-out in Bankstown can play a vital role in undermining the policy on a national level.

contact:

Penny Howard 0402 355 205

Randa Kattan 9702 4333

http://www.sayno2gim.info

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