World does owe you a living

johnboy 5 February 2009 309

The Canberra Times brings the strange news that you can now sue the Government for being poor.

    “Dr Helen Watchirs launched a report yesterday on low-income households’ living costs, saying she ”wouldn’t be surprised” if evicted tenants aired their grievances in court should public agencies make it hard for them to meet the costs of living.

    Dr Watchirs said a legal challenge could be possible under an amendment to the Human Rights Act, which came into effect January 1.

    Under the Act, individuals can sue ACT Government agencies, or private companies providing public services, for infringements of their human rights.”

Just a matter of time before that bankrupts the ACT Government and we can close the circus down.

In other less earth-shattering news it turns out that people with less money spend more of it on necessities. Apparently someone got paid to come to that piece of the bleeding obvious.


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peterh peterh 2:45 pm 17 Feb 09

evicted tenants could air their grievances – and sue the government. when will this become a reality for the thousands of mortgage holders who go under even with the stimulus package?

surely the ability to sue everyone for your misfortune is your god given right?

must have moved to the US without noticing. suing seems to be the new form of communication these days…

peterh peterh 2:20 pm 17 Feb 09

hey tylers, I think that dexi has stopped, now.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 1:09 pm 17 Feb 09

By the way Dexi, I came across the following link that might halp you next time you’re out of cash and need to get by between payments:

http://www.mifact.org.au/free_meal_guide/documents/free_meal_guide_for_the_act_and_queanbeyan.pdf

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 7:39 am 17 Feb 09

peterh said :

PB, selling one’s books is a pretty serious business, especially if they were collected over a period of years.

I fully agree, I collect the (signed) first editions of a certain author, and they are as valuable as gold to me.

dexi said :

PB just wants to deny me a car because I am on the dole.

And this is why no one takes you seriously Dexi, it’s because you lie. Can you show where I have, in any way shape or form, indicated I want to deny you a car? You cannot can you, as I have done no such thing.

Jazz Jazz 3:31 pm 16 Feb 09

Dexi’s identity is irrelevant. Please dont ask again. This is also not an invitation to argue with me.

mutley mutley 3:23 pm 16 Feb 09

the fact that you state “My lack of answers are meant to be vague” tells me a lot.

If you read through Dexi’s comments, s/he tends to let out little details every so often and then when pushed for info, another sob story comes out, such as “I had to sell my books to put petrol in the car to go and buy smokes”

peterh peterh 2:38 pm 16 Feb 09

dexi, i am not going to press for more info. the fact that you state “My lack of answers are meant to be vague” tells me a lot. apologies for putting you in a difficult position.

The Brad The Brad 2:35 pm 16 Feb 09

Oh, and Dexi, I never said cabs are cheap.

Please don’t twist my words around, and misquote me again. Thanks.

The Brad The Brad 2:32 pm 16 Feb 09

To clarify, if I had to decide, I would never choose to sell my books over my car.

The Brad The Brad 2:30 pm 16 Feb 09

dexi said :

Oh and Brad once again you show such poor judgement. Cabs are not cheap under any circumstance.

Cabs are not cheap, but when used sparingly, works out cheaper than a car. A car is at least $600 before it even hits the road.

And I think you’ve drawn the wrong conclusions.
I don’t care what TV shows you watch.
I don’t mind if you own a car, I’m just surprised you can afford one, after declaring how poor you are, and I’m shocked that you value a car higher than your books. If I had to decide, I would never sell my books.

That is not a reason to call me a politician.
Yeah, that was pretty harsh of me, wasn’t it. I apologize. You’re nothing like a politician.

What kind of car do you keep when your books no longer have a place.
I give in. What kind? An unregistered car. A car-toon? A car-ousel? Why so cryptic. To be honest, I don’t care. But if you can afford a car, don’t cry poor. Public transport and a cab is cheaper, just not as convenient.

My lack of answers are meant to be vague.
Why?

peterh peterh 2:23 pm 16 Feb 09

dexi said :

Oh and Brad once again you show such poor judgement. Cabs are not cheap under any circumstance.

dexi, could you answer my question? I would really like to know what work you were in prior to having to go on the dole.

dexi dexi 2:20 pm 16 Feb 09

Oh and Brad once again you show such poor judgement. Cabs are not cheap under any circumstance.

dexi dexi 2:18 pm 16 Feb 09

Now riddle me this. What kind of car do you keep when your books no longer have a place.

My lack of answers are meant to be vague. That is not a reason to call me a politician.

This runs to topic. Why would someone who is already vulnerable to hardship expose himself to the public, when he is only going to be ridiculed for existing? A court case can be very intimidating.

As shown here the public will draw all kinds of wild ideas about what a welfare person should be. What they should own. What they should watch on TV. If they even should own a car.

If the only way to raise welfare benefits is through the courts because the taxpayers are to cheap to do it. Then so be it.

The Brad The Brad 2:03 pm 16 Feb 09

Do you get that Brad or is it a riddle
Riddles. Some vague answers, then more riddles. You should write for an episode of Lost.

And based on Peter and PB replying before me, I’m not the only one who finds your (lack of) answers vague.

You sold your books before your car? A car costs you money just by it’s existence. Another riddle. It’s possibly cheaper to cab it around when necessary than to own a car (rego, petrol, insurance).

peterh peterh 2:03 pm 16 Feb 09

Pommy bastard said :

dexi said :

PB just wants to deny me a car because I am on the dole. To late. As anyone who has lived on welfare for any length of time will tell you keeping a car going is almost impossible. The bus is a very usable alternative if you live in a good spot.

I do not wish to deny you anything Dexi, you deny yourself enough as it is.

Do you get that Brad or is it a riddle why someone would sell their books.

It’s an easier way of making money than getting a job?

PB, selling one’s books is a pretty serious business, especially if they were collected over a period of years. I liken it to me selling my entire rocks and minerals collection, in order to buy food prior to my application for the dole being accepted. (last time, i was told it would take several weeks) To have to sacrifice personal effects to survive is pretty hard.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 1:56 pm 16 Feb 09

dexi said :

PB just wants to deny me a car because I am on the dole. To late. As anyone who has lived on welfare for any length of time will tell you keeping a car going is almost impossible. The bus is a very usable alternative if you live in a good spot.

I do not wish to deny you anything Dexi, you deny yourself enough as it is.

Do you get that Brad or is it a riddle why someone would sell their books.

It’s an easier way of making money than getting a job?

peterh peterh 1:56 pm 16 Feb 09

dexi said :

Look Brad, I can’t help it if you can not read the previous posts or the thread heading. Do I have to spell everything out. You might have already noticed my poor spelling and even poorer patients. Not to mention my sad sense of humour. But I will add untrustworthy and politician to the list of things people want me to be.

Its not rocket science or the CT cross word puzzle.

Peterh Sadly I have no reserves. As mentioned earlier I have sold my books.

Just for Brad I will now spell out the significant s of this. The last possessions you sell are your prized ones. To many of us this is the knowledge we hold in our book collection. They will have been collected over time and represent our own getting of wisdom. They may be rare and beautiful. Some may be hard to replace. They are worth cash that can easily be got. So when you need money and you are on your ass bones, out go the books. That happened for me before I went on the dole.

Do you get that Brad or is it a riddle why someone would sell their books.

dexi, what industry were you in prior to having to sell your books? you seem to be a pretty literate and knowledgeable person. What happened to you, that put you in this position?

dexi dexi 1:45 pm 16 Feb 09

Look Brad, I can’t help it if you can not read the previous posts or the thread heading. Do I have to spell everything out. You might have already noticed my poor spelling and even poorer patients. Not to mention my sad sense of humour. But I will add untrustworthy and politician to the list of things people want me to be.

Its not rocket science or the CT cross word puzzle.

Peterh Sadly I have no reserves. As mentioned earlier I have sold my books.

Just for Brad I will now spell out the significant s of this. The last possessions you sell are your prized ones. To many of us this is the knowledge we hold in our book collection. They will have been collected over time and represent our own getting of wisdom. They may be rare and beautiful. Some may be hard to replace. They are worth cash that can easily be got. So when you need money and you are on your ass bones, out go the books. That happened for me before I went on the dole.

Do you get that Brad or is it a riddle why someone would sell their books.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 1:44 pm 16 Feb 09

oops, you’re. Brain not fully functioning today.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 1:43 pm 16 Feb 09

It is brad. I think you can have up to $2500 in savings if your single, more parntered.

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