The dole should be a temporary payment until either work is found or a course to obtain work is completed. No way should tax payers have to pay for people to sit on their bottoms whilst others go out and work, why would we increase the amount? It should be at an amount that you can live but are looking for work because its not enough to live long term on.
I am pretty sure the point is that it isn't enough to live on. Even the inquiry agreed that it wasn't enough.
A diploma can get you a decent job and can be completed in 12 months (full time study is really not 5 full days per week either). As a PP mentioned studying parents are usually entitled to JET payments making child care far cheaper than the amounts you have quoted.
You seem to have a strong sense of entitlement.
I dont agree that everyone is struggling on unemployment benefits. I know two families in Qld (distant relatives) who have 5 grown up kids each and the entire families are long term unemployed. They kids range from 18 to 36, they have probably at least 20 kids between them, they have no intention of ever working and they flaunt going going down to get their centrelink money (on fb) and then going to hit the bottle shop. Not an exaggeration. Its life at the party and they have zero intention of ever finding a job. I think usually, people know one family or one person like this so it puts a bad taste in your mouth. I know it is the minority (well i hope) but i can totally understand why people feel they don't want benefits to some groups increased.
I wish there was a way of increasing benefits to people who have just become unemployed who need a boost to try and get back on their feet. Not really sure that people who have been on the dole for 5 or 10 years or more without working should really get an increase.
I find it extremely sad and its a vicious cycle that is difficult to break. We've tried our best to help and encourage the younger ones to get into a trade but its just hopeless. They don't want to work. We've tried paying for a term of footy or soccer for the kids but they just won't take them.
I was just saying that unfortunately there are people who ruin it for everyone else which is probably where the attitude of not wanting to increase the level of benefits comes from.
I wish there were better programs to really encourage the long term unemployed in that situation to get into some kind of basic training so they could build up their skill level in an area that interests them and even allows them to get into part time work.
Just as a random note, while the almighty tax dollars(ninjad the term. Is awesome) us being thrown around, people on new start and youth allowance actually get taxed on what they get.
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