Too many lawyers, accountants, and real estate agents in Australia are willing to look the other way when they are involved with shifting funds stolen from developing countries into Australia. Currently, these professionals and businesses have no obligation to report suspicious transactions to the police, unlike banks. Some of these professionals actively assist in setting up arrangements that can facilitate criminal activity and conceal the real controllers of assets.
The Government has decided to prioritise support for gas corporations over meeting community needs, such as housing, in its last budget. Before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, there were 116,000 homeless people in Australia, and more than 800,000 people struggled to pay rent. The recent budget announced a $41.3 million reduction in funding for homelessness services from July 2021, and an increase to mining funding worth over $130 million. Help us get the Government’s priorities to benefit those who need it the most.
Social housing is provided to people on low incomes or with particular needs by government agencies or not-for-profit organisations. Energy efficiency upgrades are one of the most cost-effective measures to reduce emissions while also creating jobs. Help us create a fairer and more sustainable social housing sector.
Digital corporations providing online services have benefited as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sales on Amazon increased by 26% to $98 billion in the first three months of 2020. Meanwhile, 500 million people are expected to have been pushed into poverty by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Help us convince the government to introduce legislation addressing growing inequality in the world, and lift people out of poverty.
Our Pacific neighbours have growing problems with unemployment due to limited opportunities for economic development. Help us campaign for fair and just treatment for Pacific workers coming to Australia through government programs so they are not exploited.
Gambling businesses continue to profit from the vulnerability of people, particularly online gambling corporations. Australian law now prohibits online gambling corporations from offering credit to people to gamble. However, people can still gamble with money they do not have using bank issued credit cards. Help us make the major banks aware that the broader community want them to act and end the use of the credit cards they issue for gambling.
Every week, community and consumer advocates speak to people trapped in payday
lending debt. For years, they have been campaigning to stop the debt trap and harm caused by payday lenders. Australia already has one of the highest rates of household debt in the world. The COVID-19 crisis threatens to make that worse.