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Anonymous said: What do you think about the whole work for the dole thing?
I’m pissed off about it. When I heard about it on the radio this morning I gave the radio the middle finger. Increasing the required job search efforts needed isn’t going to magically make jobs appear. The implication is that unemployed people are lazy instead of unfortunate and that’s a load of crap. The stigma that unemployed people are lazy is damaging, not motivating. Plus, Work for the Dole apparently doesn’t even work. It even might damage you getting a proper job. It assumes you’re an ignorant fuck instead of just being presented with limited options that other people are competing for. Work for the dole is meant to give the participants basic skills for jobs so increasing the age bracket for that is insulting. How many 50 year olds have spent that long of their life simply not learning how to get a job? What kind of drain on society do you think they are?
Job searching is not a breeze. This is unfortunately a personal subject for me. I have been doing it for so long and it gives me anxiety. Searching through literal hundreds of job searches and finding one I can apply for 1 in every 100-200 is not encouraging. I can’t do it every day because it’s so emotionally draining but I keep doing it not because Centrelink wants me to but because not having a job is really awful. I keep searching for jobs in the hopes that I can stop bloody searching for jobs.
In my view it’s really another act in Liberal’s patented line of “decisions that demonstrate how we don’t respect poor people” though it could just be more along the lines of “we don’t really understand how this thing works but our idea seems OK on paper so let’s just do it anyway.” Neither of those options are very good.
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