The dole is currently $550 more per fortnight than it was before covid. However I have learned that this doesn’t apply to disability benefits (shocking!)
The Jobseeker dole is thus around $1200/fortnight And at least til September will stay that way and with no obligations to seek work in this time.
I am lucky enough to be receiving this and I understand not everyone can get onto it - although I have heard for many it is easier to get onto now than it ever has been. It’s also above the poverty line for certain circumstances now too (yay).
I think we would be naive , non opportunistic and utterly over privileged if we didn’t turn this momentous moment of financial support from the government against them. We are one of the luckiest, richest (Stolen Wealth) countries imaginable
I’m not saying xr needs to officially or unofficially say anything about this. But we could.
We could do a funny video where we describe jobkeeper as a rebellion wage to satirise this moment. Apply here [link to jobseeker website] with a job description reading:
Your task is to Build a mass movement to take on the government for their corruption and crimes against humanity and of ecocide
I’m interested in having a conversation about this and I acknowledge that I am fucking lucky to be getting jobseeker now and also that I am working harder on xr than ever before partially because of it.
We need to invite people in at this crucial time!