Tag: Government

Are landlords the bad guys?

In my first post in this series on the economic fallout of covid-19, I asked whether banks are the heroes of our current economy. The answer was a resounding no. But now, as thousands across Australia are losing income, either from reduced hours, a decrease in business, or even a complete loss of employment, many are now struggling to afford the basics. Including rent. As a result, many have turned their attention to landlords.

The Prime Minister has announced a six-month moratorium on commercial and residential evictions, with renters encouraged to contact their landlords or real estate agents if they’re facing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus shutdown.

But (surprise!) it seems that simply expecting tenants and landlords to work it out themselves isn’t working.

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What does the media (& the government) tell us about poverty?

What does ‘welfare’ mean to you? Or ‘benefits’? Do you associate these words with phrases like ‘welfare queens’ or ‘benefit cheats’? Does the image of a ‘bogan’ (Australia) or a ‘chav’ (UK) smoking a cigarette out the front of a government flat spring to mind?

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