Beneath the stones, the beach

Working in the ‘New Economy’: Questioning unrestricted profit making by self-interested companies. How neoliberalism represents the dog-eat-dog philosophy of Creative Economy spruikers.


The following article from The Japan Times exemplifies what Malcolm Turnbull’s Coalition Government and its morally bankrupt philosophy mean to the underclass. In Australia, casualised employment, masquerading under a lot of bullshit titles, such as portfolio and boundaryless careers, subcontracting, and job mobility, disguise the movement towards an insecure workforce. This benefits employer groups because it drives the labour costs down and transfers the responsibility for the worker’s welfare from the employer to the worker. The Turnbull Coalition Government is planning to cut the Newstart allowance by $8.80 when the Newstart Allowance is already $97 per week below the poverty line for a single person and $118 per week for a couple with two children.


In Japan, of the 23.51 million employed females nationwide, 13.32 million are engaged in non-regular work, including part-time and temporary jobs, according to a 2014 survey by the internal affairs ministry.The National Tax Agency, meanwhile, found in its 2014 study that the annual income of female non-regular workers averaged ¥1.47 million ($AUS 19,000.00) — well below the ¥2 million ($AUS20,000.00) benchmark seen as the poverty line — while men in the same status earned ¥2.2 million annually.In Australia, the poverty line for an individual is currently considered to be $20,000.00 a year for an individual and $43, 732.00 for a couple with two children (ACOSS). 61% of unemployed people live below the poverty line, as do 33% of people earning a ‘wage’. 13%of all Australians live below the poverty line.


A 2011 study of single-parent households by the Japanese welfare ministry revealed that 47.4 percent of working moms eked out livings as part-timers, earning an average of ¥1.25 million per year, and 4.7 percent held jobs as temporary workers. Among men, only 8.0 percent of working dads were part-timers and earned an average annual wage of ¥1.75 million.