Racist flyers

Dear Minister,

It is so sad that we still have those racists around in this lucky country and we strongly condemn their action against any minority group in this country.

Yours respectfully,

Eddie Hwang

President

Unity Party WA

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Dear Prime Minister,

Would you like to comment, please.

Eddie Hwang

President

Unity Party WA

info@unitywa.org

https://uitypartywa.wordpress.com (published)

http://twitter.com/unitypartywa     (published)

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From: Aurora – GetUp! [mailto:info@getup.org.au]
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 12:47 PM
To: info@unitywa.org
Subject: VIDEO: Her story needs to be told

Eddie,

At the start of this year, Prime Minister for Women Tony Abbott promised that solving Australia’s growing domestic violence epidemic would be a national priority.1 Yet, last week’s Federal Budget told a different story.

Nowhere in the Budget did we see new funding for refuges or homelessness agencies, including refuges, who are forced to turn away hundreds of people every night – many of whom are escaping domestic violence. Nor did we see new funding for women’s community legal services, where a third of the work relates to domestic violence.

Without fully-funded frontline services, Australia’s domestic violence epidemic will continue to shake the nation. Already this year, 25 Australian women have been killed by a current or former partner, and with current levels of funding for services, women are being turned away from services they rely on.2 This cannot go on.

We’ve produced a powerful new ad with campaign partner Fair Agenda. Click here to watch the compelling new ad – and chip in to kick off a national ad campaign, to get this in front of the leaders who need to see it most.

Click here to watch the video and chip in to put it on the air in Parliament, and in front of key voters.
The Government is coming under more and more pressure to put its money where its mouth is – and we know they’re starting to listen. Over the weekend, the Government announced an extra $4 million in funding for 1800 RESPECT, the helpline for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. This is an important step in the right direction, and a testament to the advocacy groups who are working so hard to put domestic violence on the agenda. But on its own, it’s simply not enough. Some services are still having to turn women away from services that are supposed to help.3
It will take fully funded frontline services like those shown in this video to address Australia’s domestic violence epidemic. Fully funding community legal centres, women’s refuges, and homelessness agencies would be a good start.

Let’s show our Prime Minister what it would take to live up to his promise on domestic violence. If you can chip in now, together, we can reach thousands of people with this powerful video – starting today. We’ll direct your donation towards funding online ads in key marginal electorates, where the Coalition is paying close attention to the public’s reaction to their Budget. Any further funds raised will be used to turn the video into an ad for Sky News, where it’ll be aired nationally and beamed right into the halls of Parliament, placed in front of those who need to hear this story most.

Too many stories are going untold already. Will you help make sure this story is put right in front of the decision-makers who need to see it?

https://www.getup.org.au/frontline-against-violence

Thank you for standing up for the services that make Australia safer.

Aurora, Sally, Kelsey, Alycia and the GetUp team

PS – Here’s some of the moving feedback on our Facebook page, from the GetUp members who have already watched the video:

I don’t think Abbott realises how hard that first step to leave is, it’s devastating. Then to be ignored when you reach out is soul crushing. We need shelters, host families and we need them now. – Toni

Thank you, this is exactly what it was like. Both having nowhere time go, and fleeing with the support of refuge services. – Lyssa

Whatever the number of women killed, it’s too many. Shining the light on the need to fully fund frontline services is so important. – Olivia

Let’s make sure our MPs hear this message too. Click here to watch the video, and chip in to get it on the air.

References:

[1] COAG agenda to address ending violence against women, Media release from Prime Minister Tony Abbott, 28 January 2015
[2] Budget 2015: Funds ‘too little’ to fight domestic violence, The Australian, May 14 2015.
[3] What Will It Take report, Fair Agenda

If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence and would like help, please call 1800 RESPECT.

For confidential counselling, information and referrals to help stop using violent or controlling behaviour, please call 1300 766 491.

GetUp is an independent, not-for-profit community campaigning group. We use new technology to empower Australians to have their say on important national issues. We receive no political party or government funding, and every campaign we run is entirely supported by voluntary donations. If you’d like to contribute to help fund GetUp’s work, please donate now! To unsubscribe from GetUp, please click here.

Our team acknowledges that we meet and work on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We wish to pay respect to their Elders – past, present and future – and acknowledge the important role all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within Australia and the GetUp community.

Authorised by Sam Mclean, Level 14, 338 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

Harvard admissions accused of bias against Asian-Americans

Dear Mr. Iuliano,

It is indeed a shame for Harvard to discriminate against Asia/Americans and we suggest all global Chinese should go to other universities rather than Harvard.

Eddie Hwang

President

Unity Party WA

info@unitywa.org

https://uitypartywa.wordpress.com (published)

http://twitter.com/unitypartywa      (published)

Fax/hone: 61893681884

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Harvard admissions accused of bias against Asian-Americans

  • CAN – 2015-05-18

A coalition of 64 organizations have lodged a joint complaint against Harvard University, alleging bias against Asian-American applicants, according to a Wall Street Journal report published last Friday.

“Many studies have indicated that Harvard University has been engaged in systemic and continuous discrimination against Asian-Americans during its very subjective ‘holistic’ college admissions,” the organizations said in the complaint.

For example, on the SAT exam, Asian-Americans have to score on average about 140 points higher than white students, 270 points higher than Hispanic students, and 450 higher than African-American students to gain consideration for admission, the organizations said, citing third-party academic research on the 2,400-point SAT exam.

In response, Harvard’s general counsel Robert Iuliano said the school’s admission policies are “fully compliant with the law” and take into account several of factors other than academics, such as extracurricular activities and leadership qualities.

Iuliano said the percentage of Asian-American students admitted to the school’s undergraduate programs is now 21% compared with less than 18% a decade ago.

However, Yukong Zhao, a Chinese-American author who helped assemble the coalition, said there is a lot of discrimination at the school and it hurts not just Asian-Americans, but also the whole country.

Zhao also said Asian-American applicants are subject to false stereotypes of lacking creativity and being averse to taking risks.

Nearly half of US tech startups were started by Asian-Americans, each a great example of creativity, leadership and risk-taking, Zhao said.

The coalition also pointed to California Institute of Technology, which they say uses a “race-neutral admission policy” and has a 40% Asian-American student body, about twice that at Harvard.

The complaint represents the venting of long-simmering anger in the Asian-American community, according to Thomas Espensade, a Princeton University sociologist experienced in managing racial issues in college admissions.

He said that instead of accepting the outcome of college admissions policies as they once did, Asian-Americans are now mobilizing in groups to make their voices heard.

Labour exploitation, slave-like conditions found on farms supplying biggest supermarkets

Dear Prime Minister,

Are you prepare to do something about it?

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours respectfully,

Eddie Hwang

President

Unity Party WA

info@unitywa.org

https://uitypartywa.wordpress.com (published)

http://twitter.com/unitypartywa     (published)

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Labour exploitation, slave-like conditions found on farms supplying biggest supermarkets

Four Corners

By Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Ali Russell & Mario Christodoulo

Updated yesterday at 7:20pm

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VIDEO: The dirty secret behind produce sold by Australia’s major supermarkets. (ABC News)

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Conclusive evidence of extreme labour exploitation, slave-like conditions and black market labour gangs has been found on farms and in factories supplying Australia’s biggest supermarkets and fast food chains.

A Four Corners investigation has revealed the food being picked, packed and processed by exploited workers is being sold to consumers nationwide. The supermarkets involved include Woolworths, Coles, Aldi, IGA and Costco.

Fast food outlets KFC and Red Rooster are also implicated. Four Corners understands a third major fast food chain is also involved.

The foods tainted by exploitation include a wide variety of vegetables and poultry products, with some of the biggest brand names set to be named.

What are your thoughts on the conditions revealed in the Four Corners investigation? Have your say

Migrant workers from Asia and Europe are being routinely abused, harassed and assaulted at work, the Four Corners investigation found. Women are also being targeted sexually, with women being propositioned for sex and asked to perform sexual favours in exchange for visas.

Explainer: The fresh food workforce

How does the fresh food workforce operate in Australia and who are the major parties involved?

The exploitation is widespread and in some cases involves organised syndicates.

The shocking forms of exploitation are all accompanied by the gross underpayment of wages, with potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in stolen pay going missing every year.

A scam is being run by unscrupulous labour hire contractors – dodgy middle men who sell groups of cut-price migrant workers to farms and factories producing fresh food across the country.

The migrant workers enter Australia legally on 417 working holiday visas, which were designed as a cultural exchange program.

The visa allows migrant workers to travel and work for up to six months in one location, performing low-skilled jobs such as fruit and vegetable picking or working in meat and poultry factories in regional locations and some cities.

PHOTO: Migrant workers from Europe and Asia are being exploited in Australia by unscrupulous labour hire contractors.(ABC: Four Corners)

Australia’s international reputation ‘under threat’

Labour law and migration expert Dr Joanna Howe, a senior lecturer with the University of Adelaide Law School, said the 417 visa system had been corrupted so severely it was jeopardising Australia’s reputation globally.

“We will be known as a country that exploits vulnerable people who are looking for a better chance at life,” she said.

“We would never accept this if it were Australian workers being treated in this way, but because it’s 417 visa holders and we don’t know them, there’s a lid on it, we accept that it’s OK.

“You know we just turn a blind eye.”

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Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt was even more scathing.

“I think our reputation has already been damaged,” he said.

“The reality is we need these people. Horticulture in particular needs the additional workforce to get their crop off.”

Ethical farmers and suppliers suffering

Four Corners has also found farmers and suppliers who play by the rules and pay workers correctly are being dropped by the supermarkets, who are instead awarding contracts and sourcing food from cheaper suppliers using grossly exploited labour.

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VIDEO: ‘Slaving Away’: The dirty secrets behind Australia’s fresh food. (ABC News)

SA Potatoes, one of the largest potato suppliers in Australia, recently lost supply contracts to supermarkets, which opted to go for cheaper competitors using exploited migrant workers.

“It’s gutting,” company CEO Steve Marafioti said, referring to the situation in South Australia.

“They’re cheating the system. They’re taking it from the little guy, from the people on the farm and the people in the pack sheds and using that as their competitive advantage in the marketplace.

“It’s not the correct thing. It’s not the right thing. It’s actually changing the shape of our industry.”

Calls for supermarkets to lead urgent reforms

Industry insiders and federal politicians are calling for urgent reforms to Australia’s fresh food supply chain before it is too late.

There are calls at a federal level for the supermarkets to stop shirking responsibility by passing accountability back to the suppliers and farmers.

The relentless downward pressure applied by supermarkets and the lax auditing regime governing labour hire contractors is forcing farmers and suppliers to resort to cut-price labour hire contractors to stay afloat.

“It’s a matter for the supermarkets to investigate,” Mr Pitt said.

“They certainly have no issues with putting all sorts of regulation and red tape and green tape on their growers and their suppliers.

“I’d suggest this is something else that they should look at.”

Governments turn a blind eye; low-skilled work visa needed

Dr Howe said the solution was to replace the 417 visa with a new low-skill work visa.

“The Government, successive governments, Labor and Liberal have turned a blind eye to the fact that both international students and working holiday makers are being used as a low-skilled source of labour for farmers and other people across the country,” she said.

“They know that this is occurring and yet they allow these [417] visas to proliferate without any regulation.

“That’s the Pandora’s box. Governments are afraid to open it because it would mean regulating. What we need is the Government to shed some light on this issue and to show some balls and to say ‘let’s investigate the possibility of a low-skill work visa’.

“It would allow the whole system to be better regulated.”

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VIDEO: A new form of labour exploitation has taken hold in Bundaberg. (ABC News)

Multiple government agencies have failed to act

Multiple authorities and government agencies responsible for regulating the system, including the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Department of Immigration, stand accused of failing to stop the problem with labour hire contractors, which has reached breathtaking proportions.

“The significant problem is effectively that it’s across so many departments,” Mr Pitt said.

“It affects Fair Work, taxation, local government, hire services at the state level.

“We really need all of those departments to come together and tackle this in a consistent way.

“We need a multi-jurisdictional taskforce. We need to coordinate our enforcement action.

“To be able to catch these crooks, and I’ll call them crooks because they are, actually takes a significant amount of intelligence and resources.”

Anyone with further information can contact Four Corners.

Topics: food-and-beveragefarm-labourimmigrationworkaustralia

First posted Mon at 3:16am

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