Giving Cash To The Extreme Poor


An international aid group is giving cash directly to the extreme poor via cheap mobile phones...

The world is an extremely unfair place with inequality at horrendous levels.

Almost one third of humanity is deprived of the most basic needs.

2.2 billion people currently live on less than $2 a day.

And of those, 1 billion live in extreme poverty, trying to survive on just $1.25 per day.

Hundreds of millions are forced to exist without access to a reliable clean water source or proper sanitation.

Lowest Paid Workers Get 42 Cent Per Hour Pay Rise


The lowest paid workers in Australia have been granted a measly 42 cents extra per hour this week.

The so called ‘Fair Work Commission’ only managed to increase the wages of 1.8 million workers by $16 per week. 

The union movement was asking for a minimum rise of $27 a week to stop growing inequality.

ACTU secretary Dave Oliver said unions were extremely disappointed with the decision. 

The minimum wage in Australia is now less than half the average wage.


Apple: In the factory of good and evil conditions.

What would happen if I refused to buy an Apple phone because I opposed the conditions of workers in China? Nothing would happen. What would happen if the Australian government refused to allow the sale of Apple products in Australia? There would be something big happening then of course. It could do more to end poverty than just about anything else.

The Job Guarantee

The job guarantee. This is not full employment that may still mean an unemployment rate of 2-4%. This is a job for everyone. This would not only reduce poverty because the unemployed are well represented in poverty numbers. It would see an end to the bickering and ideological wars over unemployment benefits. Work for the dole and stereotypes about the lazy unemployed. The private sector has never and will never be able to provide employment to everyone. They are unlikely to hire those they are most adverse to. The long-term unemployed, the disabled worker, and the mature-aged worker.

Media Release: Protest At SA Labor Party Convention: It's Time To Reject The Forrest Review

First Nations' Advocates for Rights and Equality, SIMPla (Stop Income Management in Playford), Anti-Poverty Network SA, and concerned members of the public will protest against Premier Jay Weatherill's blanket endorsement of Andrew Forrest's proposals in his Indigenous Employment and Training Review, including significantly expanding Income Management.


Supreme Court Refuses Argentina Debt Case

The US Supreme Court denied hearing Argentina's appeal today and a lower court ruling stands that validates predatory behavior targeted towards countries in financial distress. The high court also denied a related appeal on behalf of the more than 92% of bond holders who had accepted Argentina's restructuring deal after the default.

Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious anti-poverty organization Jubilee USA, releases the following statement:

Tony Abbott to slash aid to world's poorest

The Coalition’s plan to cut foreign aid by $4.5 billion over 4 years is a kick in the teeth to the 1.2 billion people living on less than $2 a day.

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey’s announcement comes on top of the $5.8 billion worth of aid cuts already signalled by the Labor Government.


Both major parties are failing to live up to the promises that all politicians made at the last election – to increase foreign aid spending to 0.5% of gross national income by 2015-16.

Massive poverty levels ignored in election campaign

Why have the major parties totally ignored the issue of poverty?

2.3 million Australians now live below the official poverty line.

"In a wealthy country like Australia, it is not acceptable for more than 2.3 million people, nearly 600,000 of whom are children, live below the poverty line," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for families and community services said today.


Poverty Hustlers

Poverty Hustlers, such as governments that promise false hope on action to end poverty or even charities that do nothing more than provide relief to the poor, should move aside for those that want to see an end to poverty in Australia. Freedom from Want Filmmaker has just launched a 130 billion dollar plan to end poverty in Australia that it hopes the federal government adopts.


ALP fails the poor again

A report released today by Anglicare Australia has found it is becoming almost impossible for people on welfare to afford to rent a home.

The welfare group surveyed more than 56,000 rental properties across the country and found less than 1 per cent of those properties were affordable for people on government benefits such as Newstart, parenting payments, the aged pension or disability support pensions.