Raelians declare May 1 “International Day of Paradism” Coming soon: A world without work or money!

SYDNEY, April 30 – “While millions around the world celebrate an international ‘Labour Day’ on
May 1, our members will celebrate and promote the impending end of labour instead,” said Australian resident Jarel Aymonier, leader of The Movement for Paradism and editor of www.paradism.org in a statement released today.


Make payroll tax progressive (at GetUp!)

There's no excuse for payroll tax on entry-level jobs.

Payroll tax is an indirect tax; it is nominally paid by employers, but "passed on" in three ways:

(i) fewer jobs for the unemployed,
(ii) lower wages for workers, and
(iii) higher prices for consumers.

All three effects are regressive...


Dole payments fall behind 30 advanced countries

TWO MILLION Australians are now living below the official poverty line.

In such an affluent society why is the ALP failing to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged? And why is there now a huge divide between the dole and the aged pension?

 - Welfare payments are dropping every year in Australia.

 - The basic unemployment benefit now stands at just $234 per week.

 - That’s $33 per day.

 - Our unemployment payment is now the lowest of 30 OECD nations.

 - The Dole for single people is $130 a week less than the aged pension.


As unemployment bites, unions increase membership, push for paid maternity leave

Union membership has increased by 56,000 according to Bureau of Statistics data released 17 April, with more than 1,750,000 workers being union members and unions now covering 24% of employees (excluding casuals). While union membership is up, unemployment is also up with an official unemployment rate of 5.7%. But according to the Australia Institute the real rate of unemployment may be 11.7 per cent, when 'hidden unemployed' are taken into account.