‘this is Australia – and people in Australia with a job earn enough money to pay for shelter, food and basic life necessities.
Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case. The Centre for Policy Development is about to release its latest book, Pushing our Luck, which reports that today in Australia 40% of homeless people have a job.
Insecure work has been growing in Australia for the past 20 years, to the point that today just 60% of Australian workers have a permanent job.’
Side note about the impact of this on politics: ‘The Conservatives don’t lose from this disengagement. It’s the broad, progressive side of politics – which draws its strength from people having hope that a different world is possible – that is disadvantaged. Support for Labor was 13% lower amongst insecure workers as compared to permanent workers. This indicates that the Labor Party is not currently giving insecure workers any hope that it can help provide solutions to their problems.’