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Byron Shire
May 14, 2021

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One hundred years ago this week, around noon on Saturday 14 May 1921, the 2,000 tonne steamship Wollongbar ran aground on Belongil beach.

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New Year’s Day 2019, SBS reported the prime minister as saying, ‘We aren’t just a country where if you have a go, you get a go… it’s a country where differences are respected and, indeed, they are celebrated’.

The contraction ‘if you have a go, you get a go’ used by the coalition in the election campaign contradicts this. It implies that because Australians on welfare are unable to have a go they do not deserve to get a go.

The Business Council of Australia’s variation on the theme – ‘The best welfare is working’ – urges people to pull their weight and get off welfare – yet they oppose a living wage.

The United Australia Party’s similarly themed slogan – ‘The best welfare is a job’ – belies its founder’s actions. When his nickel refinery collapsed in 2016 he refused to pay any entitlements to the 800 sacked workers. Instead taxpayers forked out $70 million, freeing him to squander $60 million on election advertising.

These catchphrases are deliberately intended to develop an us-and-them mentality creating victim blaming and making ‘them’ feel unworthy. Now is our chance to reset social policy and reinstate our historical commitment to social justice and equality of opportunity.

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