Econobabble and #filthyrichandhomeless

29 Jun

I sat down tonight to treat myself to watching to in my warm house as the rain came down outside – and got drawn into #filthyrichandhomeless – to REALLY highlight just how much of a privilege this treat was. 

I hadn’t planned to watch it. I thought it was going to be poverty porn at the worst, or spoilt brats getting tv space at a minimum.  It wasn’t. @blackfellafilms have done an excellent job of exposing the pathways to homelessness. I cried. I was inspired by the kindness of those living on the streets. 

So if you are reading this tonight, before tax cut off, please consider donating to Launch Housing via

The discussions around solutions were very good too. So rare to hear from support services workers and policy writers on our to screens, and there should be more of it. Conversations about why governments aren’t achieving more with our taxes, and the role of taxes to support those in society who need; these link into a great book I am currently reading.

Econobabble by Richard Denniss   (Find him as @RDNS_TAI on Twitter)   is about how economic jargon is used to hide the fact that as a rich society Australia could fund social needs, but currently chooses not to. It is an interesting breakdown of what we could be asking our politicians for, rather than tax cuts. 

A relevant article he wrote about housing costs is online here 

5 Responses to “Econobabble and #filthyrichandhomeless”

  1. graemeo28 June 30, 2017 at 7:02 am #

    I got drawn into watching the #filthyrichandhomeless over the three episodes. It was confronting and enlightening viewing.

  2. RachB June 30, 2017 at 7:17 am #

    Your last paragraph reminds me of the recent “What Next?” for NZ future series ( asked questions such as:
    Do you think New Zealand should trial a universal basic income?
    Would you take a lower wage if you got a share of the profits?
    And one of the ‘futurists’ on the panel said we could end poverty if we chose to, and poverty belongs in the museum.

    • Ruth Baxter June 30, 2017 at 7:56 am #

      That sounds fantastic. I must suggest that to SBS. this is what I think our politicians are supposed to be talking about.

      • RachB June 30, 2017 at 8:02 am #

        It’s govt election year for us, so I think people are more aware of issues they want to change.

      • Ruth Baxter June 30, 2017 at 8:03 am #

        Well in Aust any year could be an election year, or changing PM year …

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