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See you in Melbourne! Can you join the week of action too?

Scott Morrison, Anne Ruston, and Michaelia Cash just condemned more than a million people to a life of poverty and punishment by cutting the existing rate of JobSeeker by $100 a fortnight – leaving the base rate at only $43.50 a day – and announced they will be increasing the number of payment suspensions and cancellations.

The cruelty is the point – and it's why we need to fight back.

From March 16 to March 19, GetUp and our partners in the anti-poverty movement will be coordinating a week of action to Break the Poverty Machine – and we want you to be a part of it.

By RSVP'ing, you will receive updates during the week about how to take simple actions that, together, will expose, disrupt, and break the system of poverty that keeps unemployed people poor, punished, and out of work.

These will be digital actions that anyone can join, and you will be putting the heat on decision-makers to lift people out of poverty and dismantle the punitive systems that make life hard for people already doing it tough.

Can you RSVP today to stand up against cuts to income support and against punitive mutual obligations?
We'll get in touch with more specific details for people who RSVP to each event – but here's a short summary of the actions and targets during our Break the Poverty Machine week of action:

Monday: A digital action targeting employment service providers – like JobActive agencies – that enforce punitive job seeking requirements and profit off growing unemployment. Check "RSVP – Expose predatory job agencies!" to get involved.

Tuesday: For people in the ACT, there will be a rally in front of Parliament Housing calling for increasing JobSeeker to $80 a day. There will also be a nationwide solidarity action that anyone can take part in. Check "RSVP – Increase JobSeeker to $80 a day!" to get involved in the national solidarity action, and check "RSVP – Attend the Canberra rally!" if you can make it to the rally.

Wednesday: There'll be community stalls outside a number of JobActive providers that have had significant complaints. We'll be amplifying these on social media and will be asking members to help!

Thursday: There will be a number of actions against the cashless welfare card and the financial institutions that support and profit off forced income management that particularly affect First Nations communities. Check "RSVP – End the cashless welfare card!" to get involved.

Friday: There will be more local and national mobilisations and meetings against cuts to JobSeeker and exploitation of low-income and precarious workers. More information to come.

You can specify which days you're interested in joining, or what actions you want more details about, by checking one or more of the boxes underneath the buttons.


By RSVPing below, you will be updated on the day about how to participate in nationwide actions. Just click which days you would like to hear about and click the RSVP button.

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