Drug use among Dole recipients

I can’t believe people buy into the myth that people on the dole are drug addicted or alcoholics or welfare queens.  In a US Study examining drug use among welfare recipients, the rate was 3.6%. In another study looking at food stamps recipients the rate was 3.2%. In Utah where drug testing is mandatory the rate was 2.5%. In Florida where it is mandatory the rate is 2.6%. Do you know what the national rate of drug use in the US is? 8%. I’d imagine Australia is not too different. Drugs are expensive, they are the habits of the middle class and not the poor. The dole is barely enough to live on let alone form a drug habit. When the Liberals barrack for drug testing for welfare recipients they are just seeking to score political points with people dumb enough to believe there is a whole class of welfare cheats eating up our tax dollars.

$20billion for Medical Research Future Fund paid for by $7 co-payments to GP visit right. If you’re not poor, sounds good. Quick math check yo.

$20billion divided by
23,487,698 people in Australia
Comes out to $851.50
divided by the $7 co payment
Equals 121.6 visits
Hang about.

I personally have been to the doctor 2 times in the last 5 years of my life. SO for my contribution to meet quota, I would have to live on average another 300 years. But that’s ridiculous you say, surely you will get more sick as you get older. Good point. If I double my GP visits per 5 year gap I would still have to reach 54years of age to meet my personal quota, assuming I go to the GP more than once a month, every month, from the age of 49-54. Once again obviously ridiculous.

However for this fund to reach $20billion, as promised, Every single person in Australia today will need to go their GP once a week for the next 2.33 years. Or roughly how long it will take for those QLD scum dogs to win their 10th straight State of origin. But I digress.

We are going to need a fuck load more GP’s to handle this SPLOSION of people knocking down their doors. As it stands there are 43,400 GP’s currently practicing in Australia.

This equates to each GP seeing 541.2 people per week, all paying their $7 contribution.
Assuming the average GP works 50hrs per week this equates to 10.82 patients per hour or 1 patient per 5.5 mins.
Once again RIDICULOUS.

Australians make on average 115million trips to the gp each Year. Or 4.896 per year. Fuck it round it up to 5. This means that we only have to wait 24 years and 4 months until we hit the mark.

Fucking Ridiculous.

However when we do we will have the biggest investment of its kind in the WORLD. That is assuming of course that every other country in the world sits on its ass until September 2038.


But hay don’t worry, If you are a pregnant woman working in a small to medium construction firm with a husband in defence and the 2 kids you already have want to be a ballerina and go to the army. You win my darling, you fucking win.

—  My pal Ben posted this gem on budget night. 

A Civil State Is the Only Solution to Combat ISIS

Fantastic input by former Iraqi MP and Shiite Cleric, Ayad Jamal Al-Din. He talks about how Islamic law needs to be abandoned and a separation of religion and State is a must! This man really deserves a great deal of respect! He understand that religion needs to be kept as a spiritual personal journey, not a political tool, and religious texts should not be taken literally!

This is the phenomenon at play when an Asian American fraternity implicitly approves of an act of anti-black racism. And this isn’t an isolated incident of negative black attitudes. In Racism Without Racists, sociologist Eduardo Bonilla-Silva presents survey results showing that Asian American political attitudes, including those regarding stereotypes of blacks, are very similar to those of whites. On some items, Asian Americans even demonstrated stronger anti-black attitudes than whites. In this way, they are following in the footsteps of other formerly marginalized groups who demonized blackness on their way to whiteness.
Regardless of whether this racial project ends the way that Yancey predicts (and phenotypic differences stand to undermine his argument, a critique that Bonilla-Silva makes in the aforementioned book), the ever-present hunger to become closer to whiteness creates anti-black racism among non-black minority groups as they seek to climb the social ladder using rungs of black hate. Other groups do not have to become white for Yancey’s black/non-black project to be realized. If blacks become the permanent out-group by which other minorities measure their social advancement we will have reached that point.
Will Asian-Americans and Latinos choose to confront their anti-black prejudice in an attempt to build the racial coalitions necessary to effectively combat white supremacy or will they chose the path of the Irish and decide that they are better off trying to align themselves with the other side and try to lay claim to the privilege of whiteness?
—  Robert Reece, in “Black/Non-Black Divide and The Anti-Blackness of Non-Black Minorities” [x]

Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole.

Coalition force members provide security during an operation in Nerkh district, Wardak province, Afghanistan. The purpose of the operation was to detain a high level Taliban high-profile attack facilitator. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Liam Mulrooney, 15 OCT 2013.)

Disabled people are twice as likely to live in poverty as other citizens, with roughly a third of disabled people living in poverty at some point in their lives. This is unacceptable and avoidable. We want a welfare system that reduces red tape but does not limit opportunities or cuts money that disabled people need to get out of poverty.

 - See more at: http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/policy-campaigns/benefits#sthash.vzfwK1wz.dpuf

This governments cuts have been targeted at the poor and disabled and it has to stop.


  1. Tories have axed 576 Sure Start Centres (evidence
  2. Bankers’ Bonuses rise by 64% in just 1 year (evidence)
  3. Food Bank usage has grown by 700%+ in 3 years (evidence)
  4. 1 million are now employed on Zero-Hours Contracts (evidence)
  5. The Disabled have suffered real term cuts of 1.7% this year in benefits (here)
  6. 52,701 firms have been declared Insolvent (Q2 2010 to Q2 2013) (evidence
  7. 379,968 persons have been declared Insolvent (Q2 2010 to Q2 2013)  (evidence
  8. Unemployment is 20,000+ higher today than May 2010 (evidence & here
  9. Private Rental Homes costs £9,084 to rent (£1,128 up from Apr 2010) (evidence & here)
  10. Tories have axed 5,601 Nurses since May 2010  (evidence
  11. Council Tax rises imposed on the poor & disabled have led to 450,000 being dragged to courts since April (evidence)
  12. 1 million people have had to sell their family home to pay for Elderly Care in the last 5 years (in fairness that include 2 years of a Labour government). Cameron promised no one would have to sell their family home to pay for elderly care (evidence here)
  13. More than 250,000 Disabled people have been forced to take place in the Work Programme unpaid (here)
  14. Water Charges  are up 20% since 1 Apr 2010  (herehere, here)
  15. 20% of Law Firms are facing bankruptcy and 500 shut in 6 months amid Legal Aid cuts (evidence
  16. Stamp Prices are up 46-56% since May 2010 (evidence)
  17. Suicide Rates have climbed 8% in just 1 year reaching their highest levels since 2004 (evidence)
  18. Number of Children in Class Sizes of more than 30 has doubled in a year (here)
  19. Free Schools are under-subscribed but they get more money per pupil & freeze out poor kids (herehere & here)
  20. Tories axed 5,000 Firefighters and hundreds of Fire Stations. Evidence of the impact in London alone (here)
  21. Waiting Lists for families seeking to rent social housing have soared to record highs (evidence here)
  22. Housing Benefit Bill has climbed to more than £20 billion as Private Landloards cash in with record rents (evidence)
  23. The number of Cancelled Operations in our NHS have doubled and are at their worst for 8 years (evidence)
  24. OBR predict Household Debt will grow more than £500bn this parliament thus continuing Labour’s awful record of encouraging personal debt (here)
  25. The Tories sold the Royal Mail for 50% less than it’s now valued (evidence)
  26. Gas Prices are up 31% since May 2010 (evidence)
  27. Homelessness is up 28-34% since May 2010  (evidence & here
  28. Rough Sleeping in London has grown 85% since Boris Johnson became Mayor (evidence)
  29. House Building, last year, fell to a 90 year peacetime low  (evidence
  30. Electricity prices are up 22-39% in price since May 2010 (evidence)
  31. The UK suffered a 97% drop in Affordable House starts in 6 months under Grant Shapps  (evidence
  32. £12bn+ of NHS has been put up for sale under this government (evidence
  33. 33% of NHS Walk In Centres have been axed  (evidence
  34. Wage Growth is just 0.7% which is much lower than inflation  (evidence
  35. Profit Tax is to be cut by 25% (from 28% to 21%)  (evidence
  36. 3.5 million now live in Child Poverty as Tory welfare cuts & sluggish wage growth bite (evidence)
  37. 800,000 more households are living in Fuel Poverty & this excludes the impact of recent price rises (evidence)
  38. Numbers of Working Poor have doubled in 3 years & include homes with 2.2mill children (evidence)
  39. Numbers living in temporary accommodation have grown 11.4% since Q2 2010 (here)
  40. 'The 50p rate’ High Earner Tax  was cut by 10% (from 50p to 45p)  (evidence
  41. VAT Tax was hiked by 14% (from 17.5% to 20%)  (evidence
  42. EMA was scrapped for 500,000 as drop out rates climb (evidence
  43. Bedroom Tax clobbered 660,000 of which 2/3rs are disabled & 1/4 single parents  (evidence
  44. The Tories and their Lib Dem pals trebled Tuition Fees  (evidence
  45. Record number of PFI contracts signed in the first year of a Tory government  (evidence
  46. Bus Fares are up 22% under the Tories (here, herehere)
  47. £5bn spent on back to work schemes that are less than 2% successful  (evidence
  48. 7,968 Hospital Beds Axed  (evidence
  49. Rail Fares are up 27% since 2010 (here, here)
  50. The Number of GCSE Students getting A/A* Grades has fallen by 6% since 2010 (From 22.6 to 21.3)
  51. 35,000 Police personnel have lost their jobs under the Tories (evidence)
  52. 42,000 Armed Forces personnel to lose their jobs even though £2bn went unspent (here & here)
  53. Tories abolished Equality Impact Assessments to cover up the immorality of their policies (here)
  54. Tories lost several court cases against NHS closures & the Risk Register (eg here)
  55. The Tories halved a worker’s right to 90 days Redundancy Notice (here)
  56. £168m in donations raked in by Tories including £20m from Private Health  (evidence
  57. Chair of UK Statistics Authority tells Gove to stop lying about Education  (here)
  58. Chair of UK Statistics Authority tells Hunt to stop lying about NHS Spending (here)
  59. Chair of UK Statistics Authority tells Cameron to stop lying about Debt Reduction (here)
  60. National Debt has risen £447 billion  (evidence
  61. NHS Spending did not rise as promised  (evidence
  62. NHS ‘Never Events' have more than trebled  (evidence
  63. NHS Negligence complaints lodged have increased 49% since 2010  (evidence & here)
  64. 35,000+ NHS Staff have been axed  (evidence
  65. 5,000 Firefighters have been axed  (evidence) 
  66. Minimum Wage rises have been below inflation every year of Tory rule (evidence)
  67. University Applications fell by 6% in Jan 2013 (here)
  68. 20 Treatments are no longer free on the NHS in parts of England  (evidence
  69. 10 Prisons have been axed & 4 more are to close (evidence & here
  70. 4 Profit Making Prisons have been opened  (evidence
  71. The Tax Gap has grown by £3bn to £35bn in the last year alone [evasion/avoidance] (evidence
  72. 6% of Prison Cells have been cut in 1 year  (evidence
  73. £829m cut from the Children’s & Families Budget  (evidence
  74. The percentage of A-Level Students getting A/A* has fallen 3% since 2010 (here)
  75. Food Prices are up 19% under the Tories  (evidence
  76. 11,000 Fat Cat NHS Bosses given a 13% pay hike while nurses pay frozen (evidence)
  77. At least a third of Ambulance Stations have been axed since 2010 (evidence
  78. NHS GP Funding cut by £400 million (evidence)
  79. NHS Funding For Cancer, Stroke & Heart Patients cut by 12-26% (evidence)
  80. A&Es waiting times at their worst for 8+ years  (here)
  81. Michael Gove overspent £1bn on Free Schools & Academies at State Schools expense (evidence
  82. NHS Direct was axed and replaced by a botched and fragmented NHS111 (evidence
  83. NHS Patient Satisfaction went from record high under Labour to record low under Tories (evidence
  84. Government wasted £1.4 billion on NHS Staff Redundancy Payouts (evidence
  85. Government axed a plan to rebuild 715 Crumbling Schools (evidence
  86. Just 3% of CEOs in the FTSE 350 are Women & Cameron has fueled a more Sexist tone to our politics (evidence &here)
  87. 31% of UK women have suffered Domestic Abuse and it has risen in 25% after the Tories came to power. Legal Aid cuts, police cuts & the Bedroom Tax make it harder for women to escape it (evidence & here)
  88. Tories cut Child Benefit for middle-class families while giving tax cuts to millionaires (evidence)
  89. Number of people Working Unpaid is at a 13 year high (evidence sheet 3
  90. The Government used your taxes to fund Racist Vans that drove around London warning immigrants to “Go Home”. The Advertising Standards Authority has now banned them (evidence)
  91. 1.8 million workers now earn less than the National Minimum Wage (evidence)
  92. More than 600,000 Public Sector workers have been axed (evidence sheet 4
  93. Job creation: There were more workers born in the UK employed in Britain in Jul-Sept 2010 than 3 years later on 30 June 2013 (sheet 8 rows 64-76
  94. On world disability day the Tories shut 36 Remploy Factories axed 1,000 disabled workers (here)
  95. Job Creation: 70% of new jobs created in the UK under the Tories have gone to non-UK citizens which makes a lie of the Tory claim they’ve created a million new jobs (sheet 8 rows 64-76)
  96. 95 Tory Fat Cat Academy Bosses rake in more than MPs with the top 10 giving themselves £2million between them (evidenceevidence)
  97. The Tories have Privatised Educational Services, Auditing, Consultancy and Prison Services worth £5 billion (evidence & here)
  98. Were it not for Ed Miliband & the pressure of the UK public Cameron would have taken us to war in Syria.
  99. Tories have Privatised 1 major NHS Hospital, have put another major hospital up for sale and have handed 12 community hospitals to profiteers (herehere & here)
  100. Sure Start Funding has been cut by 28% as Cameron breaks his SureStart promise (evidence)
Weekend News Read 7 September 2013


anonymous said:

so what's up with this abbott guy?

He’s running for Australia’s PM
To explain I’ll just quotes some stuff he’s said (I was gonna bold the ones I found particularly disgusting till I figured they all are):

On Women and Abortion:

  • ‘The problem with the Australian practice of abortion is that an objectively grave matter has been reduced to a question of the mother’s convenience.’
  • ‘I think it would be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons’
  • ‘I think there does need to be give and take on both sides, and this idea that sex is kind of a woman’s right to absolutely withhold, just as the idea that sex is a man’s right to demand I think they are both they both need to be moderated, so to speak’

On Julia Gillard:

  • ‘Gillard won’t lie down and die’

On Indigenous Australians:

  • 'There may not be a great job for them but whatever there is, they just have to do it, and if it’s picking up rubbish around the community, it just has to be done’

On Homosexuality and Marriage Equality:

  • 'If you’d asked me for advice I would have said to have – adopt a sort of “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy about all of these things…’
  • "I’m not someone who wants to see radical change based on the fashion of the moment."

On Climate Change:

  • ‘Climate change is absolute crap’

On rights at work:

  • ‘If we’re honest, most of us would accept that a bad boss is a little bit like a bad father or a bad husband … you find that he tends to do more good than harm. He might be a bad boss but at least he’s employing someone while he is in fact a boss.’

On Immigration:

  • ‘These people aren’t so much seeking asylum, they’re seeking permanent residency. If they were happy with temporary protection visas, then they might be able to argue better that they were asylum seekers’
  • ‘Jesus knew that there was a place for everything and it’s not necessarily everyone’s place to come to Australia.’ 

And that’s the asshole who’s in the lead (by a landslide) to run our country for at least the next three years.
So yeah I hope that explains a bit for you