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Racism: Hoax emails as a beacon to find non-critical thinkers
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I have a distaste for a lot of things: bigotry, hiding behind religion, the music of One Direction and asparagus to name of few but nothing leaves a bad taste in my mouth like this shit:
This vile piece of racist propaganda has been floating around Facebook for the last few weeks serving as a nice flare gun that illuminates either the secretly racist among your friends and/or those who cannot do basic research. It is the latest in a long line of racist propaganda using incorrect Government financial assistance figures as fuel for the racism fire that burns brightly in Australia. Sadly this has been reposted by several of my friends, some of which are either professionals in the human services field, university students studying science degrees or lawyers. What the hell? To obtain a university degree, one must first be able to research, human services degrees involved learning about how the refugee system in Australia works and science degrees should teach you critical thinking.
We live in the age of technology. The Age of Information, where Google is the brain 98% of the population will never have and the above picture is a testament to that. It astounds me that in the age of iPhone’s and Android smartphones, with Google literally at your fingertips, misinformation like this can continue to breed. I’m not surprised really, if people didn’t believe the first thing they are told without doing research – religion wouldn’t exist.
A quick Google search with the words “Robert Bretton Australian Government Assistance” brings up various blogs citing the photograph as a fraud who all link to this:
The photograph has done so much damage that the Australian Government has posted a rebuttal on their site for those who have an inability to do basic research .
I’m not going to replicate the entire thing here because I think it’s important that people learn to read and even though there isn’t a first grader around to assist you, at least give it a go! You can do it!
The one thing that jumped out at me with the photograph is the fact that we don’t have a Weekly Spouse Allowance in Australia and if you have a look on the Australian Government Centrelink website for the Aged Pension Payments – Aged Pensioners aren’t paid weekly, they are paid fortnightly (every two weeks) for a total of $712.00 (for a single person) which is $356 per fortnight. A couple are paid $536.70 each or $1073.40 combined per fortnight and a couple separated due to ill health is paid $712.00 each per fortnight. So the numbers don’t even match up. While Centrelink assisstance tends to flacuate every few years or so another glaring red flag in this picture is that – Illegal Immigrants don’t get government assisstance. Only Australian Citizens do and holders of permenant visa’s do.
Not too mention that fact that Illegal immigrants are defined as people who come over legally on visa’s and just don’t go home once the visa has run out. Illegal immigrants are not refugees or aslyum seekers. Another indication the photo is a piss poor hoax from an individual who has swallowed the tripe about “boat people” – if you’re going to create a hoax, at least get the terminology correct.
From the Australian Government article:
Refugees—that is, people who have been granted a Protection visa—do not receive higher benefits than other social security recipients.
In general, Australian Government payments are only available to people who reside in Australia and are either Australian citizens or holders of permanent visas. When an asylum seeker is granted refugee status they become permanent residents of Australia. They have the same entitlements as all other permanent residents. There are no special refugee payments or special rates of payments for refugees.
Most refugees are of working age. This means that the main form of assistance provided to refugees is the Department of Human Services (DHS) Newstart Allowance (commonly known as unemployment benefits). To qualify for Newstart Allowance a refugee needs to meet the same requirements as any other resident. This includes participation in activities designed to increase one’s chances of finding work and accepting work should it become available. There are no special or extra rates of Newstart Allowance for refugees.
Another article that was posted at theantibogan recently has debunked most myths around refugees and asylum seekers in Australia which I believe to be a very important read as well. Read the article here.
Indeed the racism epidemic in Australia has gotten so bad that the Refugee Council of Australia has a section of their website dedicated to debunking the hoax emails/scams and blatant lies being spread by racists with a lack of photoshop skills.
If you want to be a racist tool – at least do your research first before you look like an uneducated baboon.
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