The current Coalition government wants to plan for a sustainable financial future. Sure welfare is part of the mix to consider change and especially the well fare that goes to the well off and the very, very well off, not the less fortunate. The middle class welfare and high end welfare is not sustainable.
The reality is that the current government has not geared the economy to provide sufficient jobs, and demoralising the unemployed will only push them to being beggars not employed. Many unemployed cannot find work because they are 50 or over and subsist on newstart after a life of hard work and a great desire to be in the workforce.
The Coalition needs to seek counsel from Plato. In Plato’s Republic the ideal city is founded on wisdom, courage, moderation and justice.These are not the elements guiding the current Australian government. This Coalition government is again in the spot light for taking from the poor and giving to the rich. This government’s seeks to introduce a limosine parental payment scheme, subsides high income superannuation, removes the mining tax, while it removes the low income superannuation subsidy and is now on target to undermine those with disabilities and punish the unemployed where government has not managed the economy to create training and jobs.
Mr Shorten said if the government wanted to save money, it should scrap its “gold-plated’ paid-parental leave scheme and look at superannuation rules that favoured high income earners.”
This is also happening while TAFE colleges are having funding removed so limits training and job ready programs for these unemployed.
Many long-term unemployed would prefer to be working full-time hours. In July 2010, three-quarters (75%) of long-term unemployed men and half (50%) of long-term unemployed women stated they would have preferred to have been working full-time hours (35 hours or more per week).
Eva Cox wrote “Other hidden unemployed older workers are not on any benefits because they have a working spouse and are therefore ineligible. While not in such dire financial need, they are often suffering from loss of self-esteem from futile job hunting efforts and may also have health problems because they feel excluded and rejected. The social costs of unemployment do not get the same level of attention as the economic costs, despite plenty of evidence of the damage.”
The main flaw in the government’s approach to unemployment is that it sees the problem as being the unemployed person rather than employers’ prejudices.
The unemployed do not want to be unemployed generally. They haven’t had the support and advantages available to most people. Enable and encourage them, direct and facilitate, but don’t demoralise and punish, which is the direction that this Coalition is on a mission to pull off.