The Federal Government says the unemployed should be out there looking for work every day as it prepares to make them search for 40 jobs a month and perform 25 hours of weekly community work.
Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/07/28/04/15/plans-to-extend-work-for-dole-scheme#lurJMg0tl0qvTZQY.99
Alternative Post Title: Oh Dear II
So the questions are; Why? What purpose does this serve and will it work?
Why? - the short answer would seem to be its dog whistle politics at its worst - the unemployment rate is at a historically low level, there's also not heaps of job ads suggesting a fairly flat labour market and the implication of the policy, that we have half a million lazy bludgers isn't supported by any credible facts.
To answer whether it will work we should turn to previous incarnations and yes, of course similar has been tried before, otherwise this would be original thought (how likely is that?) - did they work?
No, they changed 'nowt and there's a reason for that; the genuinely unemployable and not going to change - there aren't many of these but there are some and they wouldn't work in an iron lung and will simply find ways to avoid this as they have every other regime.
Practice like this also doesn't work for the majority that need assistance to gain work - the clue is in their categorisation - they 'need help' and this, as proposed, isn't extra help, it's simply likely to scapegoat these folk who won't want to say they can't find work on their own, but they can't and they'll go through misery in the doomed attempt.
The there those that would have found work soon enough anyway and, although this group will be used to triumph the success of the new 'get tough' policy they, as their grouping suggests, were going to get there anyway.
So, why do I despair?
Because the people NOVA and others represent on the fringes of the labour market pick up the real bill - less opportunities (I've been here before), more discrimination, more heartache, more job losses (replaced by cheap/free labour) and a distortion in the labour market that takes ages to correct.
Could we have a little more thought here please?
If we need community service it should come from the top down - this is a dis-service
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