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Work for the dole expansion continues Government's attack on job seekers

The Australian Greens said today a significant number of jobseekers will be punished and disadvantaged from any expansion of work for the dole.

"Work for the Dole is not an effective program for getting people into work and study, and is just another example of the Government's ideological war against income support and social security," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

"People will be very concerned today about whether they will be affected by this new announcement, including single parents, people with disability and older jobseekers.

"Work for the Dole will not address the fundamental barriers to employment that people are facing. Subjecting people to even tougher compliance requirements does not help deal with issues lack of available jobs, discrimination, a lack of training or the fact they can't afford rent, food and clothes.

"Work for the Dole placements don't provide the specific training and support jobseekers need, and this approach ignores issues like age discrimination against older jobseekers, which is a growing problem for people in their 40s, 50s and 60s.

"This announcement is all about punishing people. If jobs aren't available, it is a nonsense to say people have to apply for at least a job a day.

"We need to ensure that job services have the resources they need to help people address their own circumstances and move into a secure job.

"The Government should be investing in job services and lifting the inadequate rates of Newstart and Youth Allowance by $50 per week so that job seekers are actually supported and helped back into the workforce, rather than being left in poverty," Senator Siewert concluded.

 

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