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Scott Morrison Says COVID-19 JobSeeker Payments Has Made Aussies Even Lazier

What a leader.

Scott Morrison has a history of saying some pretty dumb things, especially when talking about all that’s happened/happening in 2020, but his latest comments on those receiving JobKeeper/JobSeeker payments are definitely among the most infuriating things he’s said recently.

Speaking of being unemployed, the GOAT team talk to the duo behind Inspired Unemployed on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Chatting to 2GB radio (via SBS News), Scott Morrison has called out all those unemployed Aussies who are receiving JobKeeper/JobSeeker payments for not wanting to look for work because the benefits they’re getting just too darn generous.

Scotty From Marketing‘s critique comes from “anecdotal feedback” rather than any actual meaningful data and he’s worried about how the government is “burning through” $11 billion a month in wage subsidies.

So in other words, our PM is calling everyone who is unemployed and on JobKeeper/JobSeeker due to COVID-19 lazy and it’s all based on what a couple of his mates told him.

“What we have to be worried about now is that we can’t allow the JobSeeker payment to become an impediment to people going out and doing work, getting extra shifts.

“And we are getting a lot of anecdotal feedback from small businesses, even large businesses where some of them are finding it hard to get people to come and take the shifts because they’re on these higher levels of payment.”

Where do we even begin on this one?

With the cutting of penalty rates and casualisation of our workforce, it’s no surprise that people are opting to receive payments instead of working themselves to the bone to relatively nothing. And even then, it’s not like the JobKeeper/JobSeeker payments are that great even at the inflated COVID-19 rate due to the cost of living in Australia.

Scott Morrison has also conveniently forgotten that we’re in the middle of a recession, meaning that there’s less money flowing and getting/changing jobs is quite difficult. There just aren’t enough jobs to cater for the 927,600 people currently unemployed and there’s an incredible amount of competition to get one of those few jobs that are available.

All this just sounds pretty rich coming from someone like Scott Morrison, who is not only one of the highest paid political leaders but also refused to take a pay cut during these dark times when nearly everyone is having to make sacrifices.

Let’s say that there were enough jobs available, there will be some people who are still hesitant to go out and get shift work due to this little COVID-19 pandemic thing were still getting through.

But sure, Scott Morrison, let’s just label all those Aussies receiving JobKeeper/JobSeeker payments as being too lazy to find work and completely disregard all the extenuating circumstances and the pandemic we’re experiencing right now.

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Pete Evans Is Now Trying To Hitch His 5G Bandwagon To Black Lives Matter

Talk about hitting a new low.

We’re all aware that Pete Evans is a big fan of dodgy psuedoscience, like harmful COVID-19 “cures” and debunked conspiracies about 5G, and he’s not shy about sharing his dangerous opinions to his not-inconsiderable following. But it appears that Pete Evans has hit a horrendous new low by hitching his nonsensical 5G bandwagon to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Speaking of Black Lives Matter, the GOAT team talk about Obama’s birthday and why ‘All Birthdays Matter’ on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Let’s quickly set the scene first. After a number of huge Black Lives Matter rallies were held in Australia in early June, a second wave of protests were planned, one of which were to be held in Sydney’s Hyde Park.

Following all the reports of statues of controversial historical figures being torn down around the world as part of the demonstrations, NSW police responded to the peaceful protests by *checks notes* guarding the Captain Cook statue in Hyde Park, which drew a lot of backlash.

How exactly does this tie in with a former MKR chef who has a fixation on misinformation and dangerous beliefs? Well Pete Evans decided to chime in on the Black Lives Matters protests by sharing an Instagram story of a meme telling people to tear down 5G towers instead of statues.

Credit: Pete Evans/Instagram

Piss-poor Office Space meme aside, this is a new level of low for ol’ mate here. It’s already bad enough that Pete Evans supports Trump and the big orange baby’s use of military action against peaceful protesters, but co-opting the Black Lives Matter movement just to push his thoroughly debunked anti-5G agenda is just gross.

Then again, should we even be surprised that Pete Evans is posting this sort of stuff at this point in time? Unless someone takes his phone away from him, he’s going to keep doing this so it bears repeating one important thing about Pete Evans’ beliefs and rhetoric: It’s dangerous and harmful.

Here’s hoping he forgets his social media passwords soon because we could all do with the break.

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The Outdated Definition Of 'Racism' Is Finally Changing For The Better

About time.

Racism has been the talking point around the world ever since the George Floyd protests began. It’s been a revealing time that showed just how many people don’t understand what that term actually means. But thanks to the efforts of a uni student, online dictionary Merriam-Webster is finally updating its outdated definition of “racism” in order to accurately reflect what it means in 2020.

The GOAT team talk about the George Floyd protests, Black Lives Matter and how you can help on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

22-year-old uni student Kennedy Mitchum sent Merriam-Webster an email arguing how its current definition of “racism” was outdated and inadequate at properly conveying what the term means these days.

According to The New York Times, Kennedy says people often use Merriam-Webster’s definition of “racism” to argue that something is not racist or to overlook the broader problem of racial inequality because they don’t personally feel that way.

She wrote: “Racism is not only prejudice against a certain race due to the color of a person’s skin, as it states in your dictionary. It is both prejudice combined with social and institutional power. It is a system of advantage based on skin color.”

For those who are unaware, Merriam-Webster’s current definition of racism reads:

  1. a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
  2. a) a doctrine or political program based on the assumption of racism and designed to execute its principles,
    b) a political or social system founded on racism
  3. racial prejudice or discrimination

To Kennedy’s surprise, not only did Merriam-Webster respond to her email but its editors will update the online dictionary’s definition of “racism,” conceding that the “entry has not been revised in decades.”

Merriam-Webster editor Alex Chambers says the dictionary will revise definitions or add new ones “when we see large-scale changes happening in the language,” which is exactly what’s going on with the George Floyd protests and the issue of racism.

Merriam-Webster editor at large Peter Sokolowski says while the dictionary’s definitions aren’t meant to be “promoting any particular viewpoint,” he says the team “have concluded that omitting any mention of the systemic aspects of racism promotes a certain viewpoint in itself.”

While there’s no word on when the changes will be made, Sokolowski says he hopes the revision will be revised to better convey how racism can be systemic while including examples while making the wording less “opaque” since the current outdated definition is “very abstract.”

Kennedy tells CNN that she’s “super happy” with Merriam-Webster’s response to change its definition of “racism” and feels like it’s a “step in a good direction for a lot of positive change for a lot of different positive conversations.”

Hard to argue with her there. Many people still don’t know what racism and what better way to tackle that issue than to fix its outdated dictionary definition – i.e the first place people go to when they don’t know the meaning of a word. It’s definitely a more effective method of tackling the issue of racism than an Avengers: Endgame fan edit, regardless of how epic it is.

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