personally I dont see the point in continuing the welfare cycle, and forcing children to grow up in poverty. and the few true 'bludgers' out there wont get work if they cant survive on govt payments, and are far more likely to either work cash, or turn to crime.
Its not as easy as 'just get a job' when DH looked in our town, he was unable to find anything local, for which he wasnt over qualified. (they wouldnt hire him out of fear he would get bored, or try to demand higher wages since he was more 'management' than 'team member' material)
I personally would have to relocate 3500km for my old career, on my old salary.
We are very fortunate to be able to live without needing to work (though DH now does 1 day a week) while DH studies, and without relying on welfare other than our family tax money.
Thats very lucky for us, as there are ZERO OSHC places here, which dont require you to book your child in from 7-5, even though they are at school from 830-330, and of course pay for the whole day. (so with two kids its your entire average wage)
Id rather that centrelink payments were higher, with more support for retraining and access to childcare (which of course involves more funding to childcare education, rather than the 'fee for service' which is currently being introduced in tafe, increasing fees by 200%, and lowering enrolments, as such expensive training for a low paid job is crazy!)