• War on Poverty: What it got wrong | IN 60 SECONDS
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    War on Poverty: What it got wrong | IN 60 SECONDS

    Ready to go! President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty had some important successes, but it got at least one thing very wrong: Its leaders used the language of civil rights to talk about income and poverty. Financial assistance from the government is not a right! It’s not protected by the Constitution like religious freedom or freedom of speech. Using the language of rights led to two big mistakes. First, it told people in need that they had no role in improving their economic situation; the government would take care of everything. And second, it led to a misguided effort to use Congress and federal courts to impose uniform anti-poverty policies…

  • Speech in Parliament: Social Services Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability) Bill 2017 Part 1
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    Speech in Parliament: Social Services Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability) Bill 2017 Part 1

    It’s my great pleasure to rise and speak on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability) Bill 2017. The bill introduces the framework for the Automatic Rent Deduction Scheme. The ARDS enables rent and utilities to be deducted from income support payments and family tax benefit for occupants living in social housing. The bill also makes amendments to the National Rental Affordability Scheme Act 2008 to streamline and simplify the administration of the National Rental Affordability Scheme, or NRAS, until it ceases operation in 2026-27. The primary objective of the ARDS is to reduce the risk of homelessness for social housing tenants, particularly those in serious rental arrears who could…

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    Speech in Parliament: Social Services Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability) Bill 2017 Part 2

    …an accumulation of arrears because, for whatever reason, they have not prioritised their utility payments and their rental payments. So I commend this bill to the House. I commend this bill to the House because it is about justice. It is about standing up for families. In everything we do as a government, we are putting Australian families first. We are putting Australians first. We are standing up for those who most need our help. In my portfolio responsibilities as the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services, I am really pleased to be standing up for those who haven’t had, traditionally, a voice. Through a great deal…

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    North Dakota Legislative Review 1910

    – [Narrator] Welcome to a weekly review of North Dakota’s legislative news. Now here’s your host, Dave Thompson, with North Dakota Legislative Review. – And this is North Dakota Legislative Review. I’m Dave Thompson. Thanks for joining us. One of the more anticipated bills of the session called the Prairie Dog Bill passed in the state senate unanimously. What it does is provide a new bucket for oil tax money that cities, counties, townships can dive into to pay for infrastructure projects like streets, things like that. It goes to the governor. The governor will make the final decision whether or not he signs it or vetoes it. Also this…