Nothing with Tony Abbot adds up. Why. Because hes not working for you. Hes a Zionist Jesuit working with Zionist Jews to fuck you with the biggest office dildo they can find.
I can see that there are going to be lots of clogged courts and jails and those desperate people either commit crimes to survive, or try to go to jail so at least they have a bed and regular meals.
I can’t say that I would blame them when the government is taking advise from big business to how to further make the people of Australia a slave army.
As a young minister in the Howard government, as colleagues and pundits weighed up whether he was an ideological oddity or politician of substance, Tony Abbott made his first splash by introducing work for the dole.
The totemic policy of the government’s popular push for mutual obligation in the delivery of welfare services, the employment minister had crafted a policy that reflected his values of personal responsibility and it paid political dividends.
Tapping into a deep vein of hostility towards welfare recipients in the community, he also developed his public profile and honed his predilection for short, rhyming slogans – “earn or learn”, “job snobs”.
The now Prime Minister’s signature work-for-the-dole policy, which had been downgraded by Labor, is back, quadrupled in size and, for the first time, targeting people up to the age of 50.
The tabloid headlines about “dole bludgers” have returned. Tabloid talkback is alight with tales of a lost generation of couch-ridden and coddled youth, lazy and content to play video games rather than look for work.
From next July, unemployed people under the age of 30 will be required to do 25 hours of unpaid labour a week for six months. Those between 30 and 49 will do 15 hours.
The jobless will also be asked to apply for 40 jobs a month, double the current requirement.
Repeated failure to comply with the job search standards or turn up to a work-for-the-dole placement could result in the suspension of welfare payments for up to eight weeks.
When it is fully operational, 150,000 job seekers each year will undertake what are typically low-supervision, menial tasks such as cleaning and labouring, but which can include more bizarre activities.
In Adelaide, a group of work-for-the-dolers are making World War 1 dioramas for RSL clubs. Another program involves restoring a military aircraft.
The expanded work-for-the-dole scheme will cost about $1 billion extra over three years.
The new demands are substantial for jobseekers and the focus of the reforms is on young people.
“Many employers are telling me that young job seekers are presenting at the gates of their business without the basic skills to get by in the workforce,” Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker says.
“I mean the very basic skills – turning up on time, how you conduct yourself in the workforce, how to deal with customers…
“Regrettably, there are a significant cohort of young people who have become disconnected with earning or learning. I think that’s widely known.”
There is no doubt that youth unemployment is a problem in Australia. The economic slowdown since the global financial crisis has hit the youth labour market hard.
The youth unemployment rate has climbed from 8.9 percent to 13.4 per cent since 2008, and now more than 277,000 people under 24 are without any work, almost 40 per cent of the total pool of unemployed.
But critics – and the data – suggests the notion of a terminally lazy youth is nonsense, based on little more than anecdote.
“The idea that there are people out there having fun on unemployment payments is just ridiculous,” Australian National University labour market ecnomist Peter Whiteford said.
“This is policy based on the idea that people are lazy. Is that true? There’s not a lot of evidence.”
He points out that Australia’s unemployment benefits are the lowest in the industrialised world and that their recipients live well below the poverty line.
So low is the payment the business community has backed calls for it to be increased by $50 a week.
Moreover, Australia’s job search criteria are among the strictest in the developed world, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Perhaps the best metric to test whether there is a generation of lost youth is to ascertain how many are, in the words of the Prime Minister, neither “earning or learning”.
A Fairfax Media analysis of labour force and census data shows that 3.7 per cent of people aged between 15 and 19 and 6.4 per cent of people aged 20-24 do not work or study.
This still represents almost 150,000 people, less than it was five years ago, but a concern never theless.
However, the underlying reasons for the army of unemployed, young and old, are a weak labour market and lack of job opportunities.
University of Sydney Workplace Research Centre director Professor John Buchanan points out that the latest statistics show there are 146,000 job vacancies for 727,000 people unemployed and 922,100 under-employed.
“If all the unemployed filled all official vacancies, there would still be 580,900 unemployed”” he said. “That is, over 1.5 million people either unemployed or underemployed.
“This, and not work-shy welfare recipients, is the problem that needs to be fixed.
“The challenge is to either boost the demand for labour or to redistribute hours of work to ensure a fairer allocation of employment. These reforms do neither.”
Indeed, the evidence suggests that work for the dole is the least successful way to get people into employment.
By March this year, less than 20 per cent of people who had done work for the dole had found a job three months later. Of those that had, two thirds were in part-time work.
It was the worst success rate of all the training categories. Specialist training programs, voluntary work and unpaid work experience were all much quicker pathways to work.
University of Melbourne Professor of Economics Jeff Borland had studied the Howard government’s work for the dole program and found it had failed.
“The people who had done work for the dole spent longer on payments in the first 12 months after they had done the program than people who hadn’t done work for the dole.”
Professor Borland said international research conducted in the US and Europe on similar schemes backed his findings.
What drove work for the dole was politics, not policy, Professor Borland said.
Mr Hartsuyker dismisses the adverse studies into work for the dole, noting the Borland research had analysed a pilot program.
“Those work for the dole programs should not be seen as punitive,” Mr Hartsuyker said. “There’s skills elements to it. There is a community contribution. There’s a self-esteem element to it.”
Participants in work-for-the-dole programs have mixed views of their utility. Some, like Simon Darling, saw no point in doing community service work in an unrelated field. This would take up valuable time that could be better spent looking for a long-term job.
Jessica Samuel, 23, of Hoxton Park, said she had worked for the dole in the retail sector. While it was unrelated to her training, she said it had given her experience in dealing with customers.
“I need those skills,” she said. “I’m a quiet person and it helps.”
The new scheme, Mr Hartsuyker adds, revamps and simplifies the payment system to job search agencies, who will be paid more by government when they get people into work and less for managing them.
The new incentives – while not without problems – do address a deficiency in the previous employment services system, Job Services Australia head David Thompson says.
But he adds that the sheer scale of the expansion has job services companies worried they will be unable to fill the places
And the requirement for job seekers to make 40 applications a month has been met with incredulity by employers, who are expecting to be inundated with hundreds of frivolous job requests.
“There’s an app that will do it for you in about 30 minutes,” Thompson says. “It may not be so much of a problem for job seekers but it will be an absolute nightmare for employers.”
Council of Small Business Australia head Peter Strong described the policy as “an embarrassment” that would anger his members.
The government is expected to back down on this measure, the Prime Minister saying the government remains flexible.
Even so, the tough measures come less than two months after the government announced it would, from next July, withhold unemployment benefits entirely for up to six months for those under 30 and out of work and shift more jobless youth onto lower payments.
The measure, perhaps the most unpopular in a budget widely seen as unfair, will likely be shot down in the Senate.
The principle of mutual obligation, of earning or learning, has widespread support, but industry, business and the welfare sector believe the government has gone too far, and in the wrong direction.
Work-for-the-dole was Mr Abbott’s baby and it is understood he was closely involved with the drafting of the policy released this week.
It was a political winner for the Howard government, which used to host lavish work for the dole awards each year in the Great Hall of Parliament House.
Whether it provides the same benefit to the current government remains uncertain. The hostility to the crackdown on welfare and the unemployed in the budget indicates it could be a much more difficult task this time around.