Posts by Emma Hart

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  • Up Front: Cui bono?,

    A friend has messaged me to let me know my stand-down periods in this post are wrong. I will edit the post, just as soon as I can get the site to freaking load that page. Stand-downs are here. Usually two weeks (though also they pay in arrears, so it's really three weeks), and can be thirteen weeks.

    She also says that removing the stand-down would save them having to collect information from previous employers, who often don't provide it in a 'timely manner'.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4549 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Let the big lies flow, in reply to Raymond A Francis,

    And is $200 a week going to be enough

    No, it's not. It's a ridiculous amount. Yes, a Jobseeker Allowance is $210/week, but almost everyone also receives an Accommodation Supplement, because you cannot live on that. In Christchurch, it's up to $65/week, and in Auckland it's higher. I support a UBI - because of artists, the disabled and chronically ill, people leaving abusive relationships - but it MUST be enough to live on, or it's pointless.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4549 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Up Front Guide to Plebs,

    On other news, Pricewaterhouse Cooper is now saying the real cost of the plebiscite will be more like $500m.

    PwC economics and policy partner Jeremy Thorpe notes the impact a stand-alone plebiscite would have on the LGBTI community saying; "What we find is the cost to the LGBTI community are in the order of $20 million for dealing with additional mental health costs that arise, just because of the stress and the public nature of the plebiscite.”

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4549 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Up Front Guide to Plebs, in reply to TracyMac,

    To be honest, I think this boils down simply to the fact there is no federal human rights/anti-discrimination legislation for queers in Australia. If I go to rent a house in the Northern Territory, I can simply be denied just because I’m a big old dyke.

    This 'order of things' has boggled me a bit with the US as well: there are still thirty-odd states where you can be legally fired from your job for your sexuality or gender identity. And yes, because these aren't specifically protected grounds in the Constitution.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4549 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Up Front Guide to Plebs, in reply to Moz,

    headline today was one school has withdrawn, 30 have signed up. The bigot campaign appears to be unsuccessful.

    Lovely. I do love a good unintended consequence.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4549 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Up Front Guide to Plebs, in reply to Moz,

    Something I discovered today. In England, adultery is grounds for divorce if you're married, but not for dissolution if you're in a civil partnership. But if you're in a same-sex marriage, you can only divorce your partner for adultery if they sleep with someone of the opposite sex. So if your husband sleeps with another man, that doesn't count as adultery.

    I have no idea how this plays out for trans and intersex people.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4549 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Five,

    Yeah, we've had a wee chat about this, and I'm going to close the thread. As Ian says, the point has been made, and made, and it seems there's nothing constructive to add to the discussion, and genuine pain being caused, so hopefully people will understand why I'm making the call.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4549 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Up Front Guide to Plebs, in reply to Moz,

    Luckily the plebiscite is compulsory, so we should avoid the problem of “meh, whatever, why not” voters staying home and handing the process over to the die-hard opposition.

    Oh, yes, one of the links I have in the piece on plebiscites in general says they're NOT compulsory, so good to note that this one IS.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4549 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Up Front Guide to Plebs, in reply to Moz,

    It’ll be fine, really, because the Christians have so far failed to get the restrictions on hate speech lifted for the duration. They have tried, though.

    Wow.

    at best you’d get some awful version of “Throw your arms around me”

    That would be fabulous.

    One positive is that Turnbull has managed to send Cory Bernadi out of the country for the duration.

    I do wonder what the UN did to deserve that.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4549 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The flagging referendum, in reply to Alfie,

    You presumed that the rest of us somehow instinctively knew that. How exactly?

    Even if I'd dug the hole all sneaky and a-purpose, which I didn't, nobody forced you to jump in it.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4549 posts Report Reply

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