Labor want to leave unemployed on the couch

Labor’s reckless plan to abolish the Work for the Dole programme is both reckless and harmful to young unemployed Australians.

When Bill Shorten was the Employment Minister, jobs growth plummeted, mutual obligation was out the window and young people were churned through training for training’s sake. By contrast, the Coalition’s jobactive programme focuses on outcomes, ensures people aren’t sitting around doing nothing and has seen an enormous surge in unemployed Australians finding work.

“Labor’s plan would see unemployed young people sitting at home, getting depressed while becoming even more unemployable,” former Employment Minister Eric Abetz said.

“We know that work and work-like activities are vital for the mental, physical and social health of the individual, their immediate household and the community in addition to the individual financial benefit.”

“The Work for the Dole programme supports unemployed people to leave the house, make friends and learn soft-skills that many need in order to actually find work and the overwhelming feedback from actual participants is that it helps to build self-confidence and provide a sense of community and purpose to their lives.” 

“The Coalition has taken a holistic approach by helping unemployed people gain skills for the actual jobs that are being created with the record levels of jobs growth. By contrast, when Labor was last in office the unemployment rate was constantly climbing while unemployed people were being sent to endless useless training courses irrespective of whether it would help them find work.”

“The fact that Labor would try and trash this programme while having no idea what they would replace it with shows once again that they have nothing but negativity and no actual vision for Australia’s future,” Senator Abetz concluded. 

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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