Workforce participation

“Jobs, jobs, jobs are the centrepiece of the budget”, said Treasurer Wayne Swan in the press conference in the budget lock-up today. Except for older Australians, apparently.
The two key elements to the package announced – Building Australia’s Future Workforce – are a $3 billion investment over six years in new skills initiatives and a boost in participation through improved incentives and services supporting disadvantaged Australians seeking work. This, the treasurer declares, will ‘ensure more Australians have the opportunity to share in the nation’s prosperity’.
We question this when it comes to those aged over 50.