This is the story about an Indian couple in Melbourne, who desperately wanted to stay in Australia. They moved to Adelaide, where the wife was offered a three-year contract as a cook in an Indian restaurant for $52,500 pa under a 457 visa.
What happened is that she ended up working for years for nothing, and sums of $30,000 and then $20,000 were extorted on threat of ending 457 sponsorship. Then the authorities cancelled the company’s right to sponsor, so their visa was cancelled.
- They contacted the ATO and the Fair Work Ombudsman to try and reclaim unpaid super and wages, but that came to nothing because the company had collapsed.
So they face deportation.
All manner of scams are happening with victims scared to report, because the Australian government provides no amnesty for whistle-blowers.
- Extortion, blackmail, cash back scams and slavery are happening every day under our noses. They happen in the most unsuspecting places such as suburban restaurants and nail bars. Most suffer in silence.
2. David Marr analyses One Nation vote
David Marr’s Quarterly Essay analysing the nature of the One Nation vote was released this week. The main story is in the title The White Queen: One Nation and the Politics of Race.
Laura Tingle says that Marr’s essay:
- is not a piece of polemic but a detailed and rich unpicking of the Hanson phenomenon.
Marr has a strong and eloquently put view: Hanson’s appeal ultimately rests on hostility to immigration and race. 82 per cent of One Nation voters regard immigration as “extremely important” when deciding how to vote, compared to numbers around the 50 per cent level for the major parties.
It’s not an economic protest vote from those who were left behind. One Nation voters are quite well off, but have an exceptionally gloomy view of the world.
I haven’t read the essay, but there is an informative extract posted by The Guardian.
ON voters are 98% born in Australia. 44% live in the big cities. The majority, 66%, identify as working class, compared to 46% Nationals, 45% Labor, 32% Liberals and 24% Greens.
30% are tradies, compared to 15% of the general population. 20% have university degrees, compared to 42% of the general population.
Certainly there is economic concern, but here are the percentages in each party calling for immigration numbers to be cut “a lot”:
One Nation 83%
Migrants increase crime, are no good for the economy and take our jobs.
They yearn for a past that probably never when ‘normal’ people occupied the country and life was easier to navigate. A stunning 88% want a return of the death penalty, compared to Nationals next at 54%.
It all suggests to me that there is a limit to their vote, but ‘meeting their needs’ is impossible and would not change their vote anyway. Here’s where their vote comes from:
Other, including PUP 16%
3. Wording of 18C stays the same
The Senate blocked thew proposed changes to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, while passing the procedural proposal.
Buzzfeed has 21 Things White Politicians Said During Australia’s Racism Debate. At last we get to hear what it is they want to say. David Leyonhjelm:
“We have self-appointed representatives of Jewish Australians wanting to suppress Holocaust denialism,” Leyonhjelm said.
Malcolm Roberts says 18C = Communism, and it has the hide to protect Muslims.
- On Tuesday Labor passed an urgency motion in the Senate condemning Malcolm Turnbull’s “lack of empathy for Australian workers who rely on penalty rates to make ends meet”.
The motion passed with the Greens, One Nation, NXT, Derryn Hinch and Jacqui Lambie’s support.
Seems politicians have been listening to the people. However, the government rules the HoR, so the Senate vote goes nowhere.
Xenophon has also done a deal to extend company tax cuts to companies with up to $50 million turnover.
The deal includes directing the AEMC and the Climate Change Authority over the next fortnight to jointly produce a report that provides advice with regard to a policy or policies to enhance power system security and to reduce energy prices, a review of gas retention policies, an investigation into a potential gas pipeline from the Northern Territory to Moomba and the acceleration of the creation of a solar thermal plant in Port Augusta.
There will also be one-off payments for some welfare recipients to help with power bills.
The price of ‘progress’ no doubt.