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Stop Attacking Welfare! This may lead to a DECREASE IN AUSTRALIANS SAFETY, affecting many!

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Attention:  Senator Derryn Hinch,  Senator Rex Patrick, Senator Stirling Griff,   Mr Andrew Wilkie MP, Ms Cathy Mc Gowan, Hon Bob Katter, and Ms Rebekha Sharkie MP, and everyone reading this petition.

I am deeply concerned about some of the proposed changes and cuts, that are planned by the federal government on Welfare, namely the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017.

The proposed changes on welfare recipients, are too severe , and may lead to suicide in some cases, and in some instances, increased crime.  The policies that concern me include:

  •   Cutting off payments, to punish unemployed welfare recipients, who miss appointments.
  •  The discontinuing of disability support pensions, for people who have an addiction to alcohol or drugs.
  • The discontinuation of the bereavement allowance.
  • Extenuating circumstances such as homelessness, hospitalisation, and domestic violence, are no longer considered circumstances, that are an acceptable excuse, for not handing in a claim form in time.
  • People applying for the single parents pension, need a third party to confirm the relationship status of a sole parent, making it harder for a vulnerable person to leave a relationship, when they are isolated, and also the victim of domestic violence. 
  • The cashless welfare card, may lead to people not having enough cash to  buy food at farmers markets, and purchase clothes/goods at opportunity shops, and garage sales.

I am very concerned that these cuts to welfare described above, may lead to suicide attempts by welfare recipients, or an increase in domestic and violent crime, including: armed robbery, house burglaries, petty theft , street robbery.

Here is a link to a more detailed description of some the problems, these changes and cuts could cause:

Senator Derryn Hinch,  Senator Rex Patrick, Senator Stirling Griff,  Mr Andrew Wilkie MP,  Ms Cathy Mc Gowan, Hon Bob Katter, and Ms Rebekha Sharkie MP,  and Please take appropriate actions, to ensure that these severe cuts to welfare are not put into action. Please make these proposed welfare changes and cuts less severe.


Ms I.Emily Barton

 P.S   I strongly encourage readers to complain to the appropriate parliamentarians regarding this matter. 

This is a letter Template for complaining to appropriate parliamentarians, about these proposed cuts and changes, to independents, and MPs.  If you like, you can cut, paste, and modify, to create this complaint letter:

Dear (Senator Last Name),

My name is [name] and I am writing to ask you to vote against the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017.

(Are you a member of their electorate? If so include that information)

(Do you have any first-hand experience with unemployment? Include some details here about how these experiences have influenced your views. This will demonstrate you are well qualified).

I would like to highlight three proposals included in this Bill which, I believe, represents an outrageous attacks on the rights and dignity of unemployed Australians.

First, there is the proposed demerit point system. This system gives unprecedented powers to privately owned job agencies to penalise the unemployed without any government oversight, while unemployed workers will be left with no ability to appeal these decisions. This is a clear violation of the rights of unemployed workers and a breach of natural justice.

In 2015-16, the number of penalties imposed on job seekers by job agencies exceeded two million for the first time (an increase of around seven-fold since 2011). These agencies do not need more powers.

(Have you been penalised by a job agency or know someone who has? Briefly insert some details here).

Secondly, the Bill proposes to significantly increase the mutual obligation requirements imposed on the unemployed.

It beggars belief that the government wants to force hundreds of thousands of unemployed Australians to attend significantly more hours at a Work for the Dole activity. This is a program that, according to two separate reports commissioned by the Coalition, is both dangerous and pointless. As noted by the OECD, we already have some of the strictest requirements in the world. These should be reduced not increased.

(Have you had a negative experience at a Work for the Dole / ‘volunteer’ activity or know someone who has? Briefly insert some details here).

And finally, the Bill will force Newstart applicants to wait significantly longer for their first payment. Newstart receipents already are forced to live $390 per fortnight below the poverty line. This proposal will force them deeper into poverty.

(If you are receiving Newstart or know someone who has, include some details of what it is like trying to survive on such a low payment).

I am calling on you to protect unemployed Australians from these unjust and unreasoned policies. I implore you to use your power and platform to vote against a Bill that picks on, and hurts the unemployed.

I would also very much like to meet you to discuss this matter further. Please could you contact me to arrange a suitable time?

Thank you for your help with this matter, I look forward to your response.

Best wishes, from

[Your name]
[Your Address]
[Your Phone Number]
[Your Email]





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