The Squatters and Unwaged Workers support and promote those resisting social order and trying to create an alternative to it. Interviews with local and interstate unwaged and unemployed activists, squatters and plugs of local and interstate actions, protests, conferences, meetings and film screenings.
Economic Ideology versus Everyday Reality
Past and present federal treasurers voluntarily shackle themselves in the imaginary debt dungeon. We'd be happy to let them rot there, except they force the rest of us to suffer the real consequences of their flagellating fantasies. And so the current Australian Labor government refuses to spend enough to create the jobs that would lift all people out of poverty.How shall we free ourselves? Perhaps we could follow the example of lifelong "student" of economics, Wayne McMillan, who recounts his journey through the thickets of mainstream (orthodox) to a more enlightened (heterodox) understanding of the economy.Show NotesModern Monetary Theory: Snake Oil or Showing how to Fund a Good Society?An Evening with Wayne McMillan, Economic Reform Australia, and Frank Stilwell, Political Economy, University of SydneyOct 19, 2021Radical economics: The Political Economy dispute at Sydney Universityby ABC RN, 1 Sep 2013 CreditsTheme music:One in Ten by UB40St. Germain by Alice Ivyhttps://orangefreesounds.com/quiz-show-background-music-loop/The song is permitted for non-commercial use under license “Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)”https://freesound.org/people/snaginneb/sounds/120591/This work is licensed under the Attribution 3.0 License.https://orangefreesounds.com/whip-sound-effect/The sound effect is permitted for commercial use under license Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
A Hostile System: Australia's Treatment of Unemployed Workers
We've proven it! Beyond a shadow of a doubt. The current "employment services" system is "mean", "horrible" and "hostile" for no legitimate reason.We speak with Associate Professor Elise Klein, about how the previous conservative Coalition government in Australia ran a "natural experiment." Brought on by the covid pandemic, the results of what would otherwise have been an unethical trial, show that people relying on social security benefits are suffering needlessly.The temporary increase in unemployment benefits reduced poverty to almost zero, and proved the government can afford to make these payments. The temporary suspension of mutual obligations proved unemployed workers do not need to be subjected to the sadistic regime of "mutual obligations" in order to make valuable contributions to their families, community and society.Why is the current Labor government okay with the continued abuse of unemployed workers? Maybe you should contact employment minister Tony Burke, and ask him.The Hon, Tony Burke, MPMinister for Employment and Workplace RelationsTony.Burke.MP@aph.gov.auDear Minister, ...Perhaps Tony Burke could speak with his colleague Andrew Charlton, federal Labor MP in the seat of Parramatta, who in November 2021 said, "If you raise the unemployment benefit... you will lift an enormous number of people out of poverty... it's very hard to understand why that wouldn't be a big priority".MusicTheme music:One in Ten by UB40St. Germain by Alice Ivy
Digital Dole Parole: Workforce Australia
Are we "stumbling zombie-like into a digital dystopia"?From the frontlines of a NON-full employment economy, we speak with Dr. Simone Casey on her observations of Workforce Australia.Heterodox economists often say, there is no such thing as a "natural" or "free" market. All markets need government regulation in order to exist. Case in point: the privatised "employment services" market. This market requires both government regulation, and government money, in order to exist.This market is going through a shake-up via new regulation -- a new contract -- transforming the market from "jobactive" to "Workforce Australia". But is this "market shake-up" going to help unemployed workers find meaningful, secure, decent work? Or will it merely refine the government's surveillance and punishment of people receiving unemployment benefits?Show NotesTo contact ACOSS policy officer, Dr. Simone Casey, with your stories about Workforce Australia,email Simone at firstname.lastname@example.orgPoints-based Activation in Workforce Australia – ACOSS FAQMutual obligations and the New Employment Services model (NESM) - ACOSS briefingPoints Based Activation SystemIntroduction to the Points Based Activation System for Workforce AustraliaExplainer - Workforce Australia and Points Based Activation System (PBAS)GetUp! petition to employment service minister Tony BurkeAustralian Unemployed Workers' Union (AUWU)Mutual Obligation: Independent job seeker Satisfaction SurveyDr Simone Casey, January 2020MusicTheme music:One in Ten by UB40St. Germain by Alice IvyKelli's Number by U.S. Army Blues is licensed under a Public Domain Mark 1.0 License.http://freemusicarchive.org/music/US_Army_Blues/Live_At_Blues_Alley/0_-_08_-_The_US_Army_Blues_-_Kellis_Number
Why bother with economics? Why bother with Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)? After-all, the government can still govern without bothering about MMT.Anne & Kev make the case we need MMT to unshackle our minds from many false beliefs about the possibilities available to our new federal government. We find much to look forward to with a government that spends properly. We can prevent ourselves from becoming accidental neoliberals!Anne & Kev bounce their ideas off a webinar featuring Richard Denniss (Chief economist and former Executive Director of the Australia Institute) as hosted by the New Economy Network Australia (NENA).Show NotesNENA's 2022 Federal Budget Rundown - with Richard DennissApr 6, 2022The Deficit Myth with Stephanie Keltonin conversation with Richard Denniss, Chief economist and former Executive Director of the Australia InstituteJune 18, 2020CreditsThen leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott,speaking with host Fran Kelly on ABC's RN Breakfast, back in February 2010.MusicTheme music:One in Ten by UB40Additional music:Swinging Sofas (ID 272) - Remastered by Lobo Loco is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Kelli's Number by U.S. Army Blues is licensed under a Public Domain Mark 1.0 License.Gregorian Chant by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 LicenseQuiz Show Background Music Loop with changesby Alexander BluThe song is permitted for non-commercial use under license “Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)”
Voting Strategies for Trying Something New
What if disposing of 17 tonnes of dead fish was part of your day job? We speak with Greens party candidate Suzette Rodoreda about what is motivating her to run for election in Melbourne's west.Kevin enlightens us on voting strategies for the connoisseur of Australia's preferential voting system in which voters can rank Senate and House of Representatives candidates in order of preference.Creditshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVnf_wXs1ucThen leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott,speaking with host Fran Kelly on ABC's RN Breakfast, back in February 2010.Music:One in Ten by UB40Quiz Show Background Music Loop with changesby Alexander Bluhttps://orangefreesounds.com/quiz-show-background-music-loop/The song is permitted for non-commercial use under license “Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)”
Long Live the Species
What if you wanted to do something, but you didn't ever spell out quite what it is you want to achieve, and you didn't put any time or energy into doing it, and you didn't reflect on your progress towards achieving it, and you never agreed to commit to it? What do you suppose would be your chances of getting it done?That's pretty much how Australia's laws are going about protecting our native plants and animals.Australia has the highest species extinction rates in the world. Depressing? Yes. Can we do something about it? Yes.Anne & Kev speak with Carmel Killin about what we can do and what her community of over 200 artists have achieved already. Show notesLong Live the Species - see the artLong Live the Species - go to the exhibitionANU College of Law seminar on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) by Dr Peter Burnettfind your representativeall about federal appropriation bills CreditsTheme music:One in Ten by UB40Sound effects:https://freesound.org/people/kangaroovindaloo/sounds/202572/Sofia's Dawn Chorus, in Fryers Forest, by kangaroovindaloohttps://freesound.org/people/Kinoton/sounds/494071/Big Tree Fall in Forest by Kinotonhttps://freesound.org/people/RutgerMuller/sounds/535352/Tree Chainsawed Drops.m4a by RutgerMullerhttps://freesound.org/people/deleted_user_2304/sounds/2871/dozer sample.wav by deleted_user_2304https://freesound.org/people/Nuclearboy/sounds/568877/Self Destruct/Alpha-11 Warhead Explosion by NuclearboyAll of the above sound effects licensed under the Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Both Kev and Anne do a great job of simplifying MMT and highlighting its uses in society, along with attracting great guests.