We should all be in this together.
Workers across the state have once again been plunged into financial precarity as COVID lockdowns mean industries are put on hold, casual shifts are cut, and patchy government support leaves many unable to afford the essentials.
We’re not all in this together, but we could be.
No matter who you are or what you do, everyone has the right to share in the wellbeing of our country – during the good times and the hard.
Exclusionary supplements and arbitrary thresholds on disaster payments just don’t cut it. The Government can and should guarantee an income for everyone, so that we all have what we need to live a good life without anyone falling through the cracks.
What’s more, taking the stress of keeping food on the table and paying the bills off everyone’s shoulders will make it that much easier to follow the rules to keep everyone safe, and ensure we make it through this pandemic together.
No conditions, no strings attached – just the certainty of knowing that, whatever happens, you will have enough money, not just to survive but to thrive.
This health crisis is new, but the inequality it has exacerbated isn’t. It’s time to talk about visionary solutions to COVID precarity and what a basic income could mean for NSW – now and post-COVID.
Join me in conversation as we discuss the need for a Universal Wellbeing Payment and what it would mean for young people across the state.
Dylan Griffiths is a Greens candidate for Inner West Council and is campaigning to make council services more affordable. He currently works at the University of Sydney and is a member of the NTEU. He has previously spent far too long on the phone arguing with Centrelink.
Harpreet Kaur Dhillon is a queer community organiser dedicated to the safety, security, mental and physical wellbeing of others. She has lived experiences of family violence, sexual violence, homelessness and discrimination that she seeks to eliminate in society.
Avery Howard is a queer non-binary person who uses their personal experience of poverty and homelessness to advocate as an anti-poverty activist. They are also the Greens Candidate for the North Ward of Liverpool City Council.
No matter who you are or where you live, we all have a fundamental right to breathe clean air. From the Central Coast and the Hunter, to Lithgow, Sydney and beyond, that right should be afforded to each and every community across our state.
But right now, communities across our state are being forced to breathe in toxic emissions pumped out by coal-fired power stations – and suffering from increased rates of serious illnesses like heart disease, lung cancer, and asthma as a result.
NSW has some of the weakest restrictions on toxic emissions in the world. That’s why we’re fighting to make coal-fired power stations in NSW clean up their act, with a bill before parliament to make them do just that.
By installing the available and affordable emission control technology that has long been standard across the United States, Europe and China, this toxic air pollution could easily be reduced by as much as 90%. But big fossil fuel companies would rather you pay the costs of their polluting with your health, rather than them tapping into their enormous profits to pay for vital emission control technology – and the NSW Liberal-National Government lets them get away with it.
Join me to talk about the campaign to protect your right to breathe clean air.