Coronavirus: Mass, free testing; No sackings; Rent freeze!

Coronavirus: Mass, free testing; No sackings; Rent freeze!

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The Australian government is failing to humanely respond to COVID-19. Decades of neo-liberal attacks on our health care system, public services, wages, working conditions and welfare are placing the elderly, vulnerable and marginalized people in grave danger.

While governments are calling for those presenting with symptoms of the virus to self-isolate, few workers have the economic means to do this. More than one-third of working people do not have paid sick leave provisions because of cuts to the public service, privatization and the growing "gig economy." Moreover, hundreds of thousands of workers are losing their jobs.  Without rent or mortgage freezes, homelessness will rise.

We the undersigned, call on the state and federal governments to enact an urgent campaign of
1. Mass, free testing for the COVID-19 virus
2. Guaranteed paid sick leave, and a minimum income for all workers and those who need to self-isolate
3. Boost funding for the public health system and nationalise private hospitals (as Spain has done)
4. Ration and effect distribution of essential items to all
5. Implement deferrals and mortgage holidays
6. Raise NewStart and all welfare benefits to at least the poverty line
7. Scrap the wait period and end all "mutual obligation" activities.

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