Looking for work? Head to Dubbo

Deputy PM tells jobless there is plenty of work on offer in rural Australia.

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Got a problem making ends meet on Newstart? Move to Dubbo. There are plenty of jobs there, according to Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.

Just days after YourLifeChoices revealed that there are 183,943 people aged 55 and over receiving Newstart payments, and that the length of time over-55s stay on Newstart is 188 days, Mr McCormack has pushed back on calls from within his party room, and from the Greens, and from the Opposition, and from a host of welfare agencies for a boost to the $40 a day allowance.

The payment is a “stop-gap” measure, he said, while urging unemployed Australians to move to regional towns such as Dubbo, where there are “so many jobs”.

“There are jobs out there in regional Australia, and there are good paying jobs,” Mr McCormack told Sky News.

“And what I think we do need in this country is a more mobile workforce. So, people have to be prepared to move sometimes out of their comfort zone and out of their hometown to the next town to take a job.

“A job, any job, will be better than none at all. And it will be better than living on welfare. And certainly, with Newstart it is that stop-gap. It is that safety measure. It is not supposed to be a living wage as such.”

The Newstart rate for a single without dependents is $555.70 a fortnight – compared with $926.20 including supplements for a single on the Age Pension – and has dropped 40 per cent in real terms in the past 25 years.

On Monday, Greens Senator Rachel Siewert introduced a private member’s bill in the Senate to increase Newstart by $75 a week. Midweek, former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce called for an increase adding that not every unemployed person was able to move to another part of the country.

Opposition social services spokeswoman Linda Burney said: “Barnaby Joyce gets it. Why doesn’t the Deputy Prime Minister?”

Treasury estimates that a $75-a week increase would cost the budget $12.5 billion over four years and $39 billion over a decade.

In other news, the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) has reacted angrily to a Fairfax exclusive that revealed a bipartisan call to increase the Newstart allowance was removed from a parliamentary report at the direction of the Morrison Government on the eve of the federal election.

Fairfax reported that former social services minister Paul Fletcher intervened to have the recommendation removed.

Acting ACOSS chief executive Jacqueline Phillips labelled the intervention “outrageous” and said “a parliamentary inquiry’s recommendations … should be based purely on evidence presented to the inquiry.”

“Rather than trying to avoid the issue, the Government should listen to the clear calls from the community, business sector and economists, for an increase to Newstart, which would reduce poverty, stimulate the economy and create jobs,” she said.

The intensity of the debate has clearly rattled Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who said the issue should be debated using “the internal processes available to each of us”.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann claims that most Australians are on Newstart for only a “very short period”.

Senator Siewert disagrees, saying the employment situation in Australia has changed since the benefit first came in, and certainly since Newstart was introduced in 1994.

The Department of Social Services notes that the proportion of Newstart recipients on payments for more than a year has climbed from 69 per cent in 2014 to 73 per cent in 2016 and to 76.5 per cent in 2018.

Dubbo here you come?

Are you holding out hope for an increase in the Newstart allowance? Have you had first-hand experience in trying to find employment as an older Australian? What advice do you have for others in that situation?

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    Chris B T
    26th Jul 2019
    10:05am
    Housing, is Dubbo Ready for the Influx.
    Families/school children/medical etc.
    Might be some work and are they paying hourly/week rate.
    The Peace Rate and whenever I need you is not a real job (Security).
    Who's Paying the moving costs and when the work ends to next place.
    I would suggest to use the unemployed in Dubbo First.
    Chris B T
    26th Jul 2019
    10:10am
    PS
    This should be The Friday Funnies.
    It would be one of The Best.
    Anonymous
    26th Jul 2019
    12:20pm
    Chris B T, I wonder if Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, will offer to cover for their moving expenses to Dubbo?

    He receives $288 travel allowance per day.
    Hasbeen
    26th Jul 2019
    12:42pm
    I have been told that Centrelink will pay your moving costs, if you have a job lined up at your new location.

    I had to move from Wide Bay to the Gold Coast to gain my last decade of employment. There was nothing at all for a 53 year old in that area. My biggest problem was funding a home with what I could sell my country home for. It should be easier going the other way.
    Chris B T
    26th Jul 2019
    1:45pm
    Hasbeen
    How many times per year will Centerlink Pay Moving Costs.
    Agricultural jobs are seasonal and Peace Rate Pay (Not actual day/week rate).
    Paid for actual Time Working and usually connected to Backpacker Hostel/Boarding House.
    Transitional work/short term work is what backpackers seek and employers Prefer.
    The Gold Coast had sufficient Employment, not Seasonal and Paid Correctly.
    Permanent to several years is stable employment,not this 2/3 months maybe 6 months work at any one location.
    Bundaberg is much the same as Dubbo,no Unemployed Taking Up that type of work.
    Fair Work Commission has the Non Payers/Under Payers/Wage Thieves In There Sights.
    Anonymous
    27th Jul 2019
    8:22pm
    Forget the Dubbo idea, Chris. McCormack is an uneducated fool and doesn't understand the perspectives of the unemployed, including the fact that jobs destroyed by Australian Govts (outsourced to India, China, etc) don't exist in Dubbo.
    Politicians need to have their bloated salaries reduced to 1994 levels, with increases since then matching the increases for Newstart, to understand the issue.
    Suze
    29th Jul 2019
    1:24pm
    Dubbo is a large regional city with very good infrastructure
    ... there are other jobs available than farming.
    80 plus
    26th Jul 2019
    10:08am
    what are the Dubbo statistics for Newstart. numbers on new start and average lengh of support also rental costs.
    BraveArrow
    26th Jul 2019
    10:26am
    Q1. Are you holding out hope for an increase in the Newstart allowance?

    Newstart allowance should increase for older Australians (Seniors over 60 years old) as they find it hardest to gain employment, due to health issues, physical injury due to type of employment (manual work e.g. lifting) and basically discrimination against older workers. Its a long wait between 60 years of age till the 67 years of age pensionable age.
    For the younger healthy people, the low(er) Newstart allowance should be an incentive to look for employment (instead of going surfing at tweed Heads).

    Q2. Have you had first-hand experience in trying to find employment as an older Australian?
    Absolutely- after the age of 60 it is difficult to get employed, unless you have your own business. Only 'jobs' available is to be a cleaner or carer.

    Q3. What advice do you have for others in that situation?
    From the age of 50 onwards please check the health of your (industry) super fund. Consolidate all your super into one (preferable industry) fund to ensure that you do not end up with multiple fees and multiple life insurances. Max out the amount you can contribute to the superfund yearly so that you pay min. tax (15%?) going in. In this way you build up a lump sum that you can draw upon when cease employment or retire to pay off your mortgage when you are no longer 'employable' due to sickness, physical injury or simply age(ism).
    Fitza
    26th Jul 2019
    10:52am
    I retired, then got bored and re-entered the workforce at 68 years of age. With the same employer but on short term contracts, as I thought that would work best. I was wrong, as I did not count on Centrelink having the audacity to cut me off the age pension whenever they had some paranoid idea that I was earning too much.
    So I moved to the NT with my adult sons and got a full time job. Then I was able to kick Centrelink to the kerb, for a change.
    I find work at my age due to the fact I am highly qualified for the type of work I do (either health, or welfare - currently welfare) and am willing to move to where the work is.
    I will turn 74 years of age in a few months and still work full time. My motivation for working is due to the fact it keeps me mentally active - plus I don't have to deal with the
    Centrelink system.
    I have an adult son who was on Newstart. He has now switched to Austudy. Without me paying the majority of the bills in the Unit I share with my 2 sons, he would have no chance of getting a job. He became seriously depressed on Newstart, due, again, to the horrible way Centrelink treats it's 'customers' and cuts them off payments in the blink of an eye, just because they are not happy with some minor problem.
    So I am all for increasing Newstart Allowance. By $100.00 per week.
    Also, this country needs to move to a non-means tested pension like they have in the UK.
    The current system treats Newstart and pensioner recipients as some kind of third class citizens.
    Incognito
    28th Jul 2019
    8:04pm
    Contact your local pollie, write to Mc Cormack , tell your story.
    andromeda143
    26th Jul 2019
    10:56am
    Unfortunately we get the kind of government we vote for. Australia voted these clowns back in and must now suffer the consequences. They make a mockery of the expression 'liberal'.
    Mad as Hell
    26th Jul 2019
    11:44am
    Australia is on track to eclipse Qatar as the largest exporter of gas by 2020, but is expected to earn only $600 million in 2018 – the amount of revenue the government earns in beer tax every year – compared to Qatar’s $26.6 billion.

    That’s $266 billion over a decade more than enough for Newstart, Old Age Pension, reverse the 2017 changes to the Pensioner Assets Test and unlimited helicopter rides for politicians or any other perk they may desire.
    Anonymous
    27th Jul 2019
    8:32pm
    The incompetence of Australian Govts to work for the people is simply outrageous, and I can't understand why people keep voting these incompetent MPs back in. Howard did this dirty deed about Gas, yet they were celebrating his 80th birthday with Morrison claiming he was the best PM ever!

    If the country was managed properly, the massive Australian natural resources, Gas in particular, could easily allow Australia to be the richest country in the world, with NO individual taxes, universal age pension with NO tests, etc, etc, etc. We badly need a strong leader to declare a national emergency and take back control of all these resources to enable Australia, and not foreign interests, to benefit from OUR resources. My rant for the day!
    Farside
    28th Jul 2019
    10:45am
    "Over the next few years, on similar LNG export volumes, while Qatar collects $26 billion in royalties — not including income tax and proceeds from state-owned companies — Australia will collect absolutely zero in PRRT from the booming offshore gas industry." ... yep, well done Australia.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-01/tax-credits-for-oil-and-gas-giants-rise-to-324-billion/10959236
    older&wiser
    26th Jul 2019
    11:50am
    Instead of 'Dubbo' - transpose that with any Australian rural town name.
    So move to a rural town? - easier said than done. In my early 60's, I got shafted from a job in capital city and could not find another job. So I moved to a rural town 550kms away, where I had done a previous contract position. I loved the country, and was happy to make the change - but found the biggest hurdle being the tight knit community, and their silent but strong reluctance to incoming intruders 'taking their jobs' - even though in many instances, no locals would take the jobs. Rents might be cheaper - but most of the jobs that are available, are low paying. Well paying jobs seemed to be closed to locals only. And again, seniors are clearly overlooked in favour of local juniors. After many months of low paying, casual jobs, I managed to get a fill in govt job, and that was more a fluke than anything.
    However, even from the initial interview, it was practically clearly understood that I was only filling in till they found a suitable local applicant. I volunteered in local organisations, went to numerous local events, and supported local businesses as much as I could. But there was always this 'intruder' mentality.
    Sure enough, one day I heard my immediate supervisor talking about her daughter (who also worked in the same area) - and how her daughter's best friend had just finished her marriage, and wanted to move out to her friend's town for a 'fresh start'. Within 3 months, I was out of a job, and surprise, surprise - this 'friend' had miraculously gained the position on her 'merits'. Yet had very little experience, particularly in my specialised area. From then on, I could not get any type of job in the town. It was impossible, and I soon found out that the town became all the more ostracizing to a senior nonworking single.
    I moved back to the city, and again could not get a job. No sorry - I COULD have got a job as a cleaner, or done a course and worked in Aged Care, but an old injury made these options unviable. So bided my time - eating in to my limited super to keep my house - and then went on the Aged Pension.
    Moving to rural towns in no way can be seen as the panacea to ensure people - of any age - get a job. Jobs are limited, and locals get priority.
    Lookfar
    26th Jul 2019
    12:53pm
    Older and wiser, I think you presented the argument better than I did, - goodonya.
    Cheers,
    Lookfar.
    Farside
    26th Jul 2019
    8:04pm
    Moving to rural towns is not a panacea but when all is said and done would you prefer to be on the pension in the regions or the city?
    sunnyOz
    26th Jul 2019
    9:49pm
    Farside - in answer to your question. I have done similar - that is, after living in the country for many years, moved back to the city because that is far better for a senior age single. Accessibility to health services, groups that cater to seniors, and the most important, transport. I actually find it cheaper living in the city, far more things to do and keep busy with, petrol cheaper, more socializing, closer to airport (it used to cost me the same amount to fly from the town to capital city - 500kms - as it did to fly from Sydney to Perth). I got to know plenty of senior people living in remote country towns who would love to move to bigger cities, but couldn't afford the housing price difference. Yet I personally have not come across any seniors living in city crying out to move to rural area.
    Farside
    27th Jul 2019
    5:00am
    I have met quite a few who have made a sea/tree change, myself included, to regional areas in recent years. None have commented they wished to return to live out their days in the city, in fact it's usually the opposite.

    On the other hand I know plenty of oldies that are happily spending their twilight in the city and would never contemplate moving. But then you read of old folk who die isolated and lonely in the city despite being surrounded by tens if not hundreds of thousands of people. Horses for courses I guess.
    Incognito
    28th Jul 2019
    8:05pm
    O&W, contact your local pollie and write to Mc Cormack your story needs to be shared.
    Suze
    29th Jul 2019
    1:27pm
    Dubbo is a large regional city with very good infrastructure
    ... there are other jobs available than farming.
    Oldchick
    26th Jul 2019
    11:57am
    Let Mr. McCormack move to Dubbo instead, get a job as a labourer, give up his highly paid political job and learn what it’s like to live like a Real Person. Let him work at that job until he’s 70, retire on an ordinary Super plan, no free flights, no long lunches paid by the taxpayer, no free medical paid by the taxpayers, ....... no plumb overseas job land in his lap when he does retire, where he collects the pollie pension at the same time he’s being paid for the top job overseas. Why do we put up with these insensitive, greedy so and so’s in this country? Just like his female pollie mate who said on air the other day that the Age Pension is ‘generous’. They truly are so out of touch.
    Anonymous
    26th Jul 2019
    12:23pm
    Oldchick, he wouldn't survive for one day. He receives $288 a day just for travel allowance.

    We have to put up with this ignorant man because he is a puppet for the real owners of this land.
    Lookfar
    26th Jul 2019
    12:23pm
    A lot of the comments hostile to unemployed folk are subjective, some grazier who wants cheap labour with low pay and no support will complain, "Nobody wants to work', - the dole is destroying Australia" - so he finally gets people to work for him for $5./hr, - of course they live in a tent and have appalling problems staying healthy, but he says, - look, I told you so, stop their Centrelink and the bastards will work.
    So after skyting to his mates for a few weeks he thinks, why $5. they only deserve $1.
    He then bleats to the police because his workforce, being Australian, take over his house, share all the food and anything of value and use his vehicles to move on.
    There are always thieving opportunists about, on the employer side and the employee side, neither should have any oxygen for their lies, - what we mostly generally think is "a fair thing'" is how it should be, not the weasely politicians looking after their rich benefactors.
    - Dubbo, Work. "The unemployment rate in Dubbo is typically below the State average and is currently at 4.9% compared to 5.6% for NSW. (.7%) It is estimated that 16,959 people work in Dubbo^, the majority of whom work a 35-39 hour week." - so you get a few of these extortionist types and some genuinely 'can't find anyone with the Training' people, so centrelink forces say 2,000 unemployed to move to Dubbo, - based on that hearsay minister, - turns out the actual jobs going begging are app. 500, - oh, 1,000. if you take the folk who get fired so their employers can employ some of the starving 2,000.
    This destabilises the whole community, crime rates go up, resentment against the 'Invaders' rises, people sell up and leave, - plenty of overseas real estate agents to buy those properties at depressed prices..
    Nobody wins, except perhaps the lying politician.
    cupoftea
    26th Jul 2019
    12:43pm
    Another moron opens its mouth you that voted them in are getting what you wanted I did not vote for them so I expect the worst its only just started for 3 yrs cop it
    Lookfar
    26th Jul 2019
    12:49pm
    cup of tea I didn't vote for them either, - why do you call me a moron?
    I presented an analysis, you may disagree, - fine, as long as you present reasonable arguments, if you present no arguments at all, - just calling me a moron, why should you ever be heard?
    Rae
    28th Jul 2019
    8:25am
    No. That's defeatism and it's lazy. Half of us did not vote them in at all and we will continue to call incompetence out.

    Apathy is the Australian way and that is exactly why this re electing of incompetent, do nothing Parties continues.

    Just copping it is not a sane option.
    Lookfar
    30th Jul 2019
    12:18pm
    cup of tea you shoud have exactly said who you were responding to, - just because you are old does not mean you should be vague or irresponsible or careless.
    Old can not afford to be Lazy.
    Kato
    26th Jul 2019
    12:44pm
    Move to a country town ramping up social disharmony so we can introduce our cash cow the nationals owned and operated control card which we will turn into Australia's largest bank and the taxpayer's funded the lot. Now isn't that great.
    jennyc355
    26th Jul 2019
    1:35pm
    Iam 62 and out of work force for 40 yrs..raised a family , supported family through injuries and illness .So i will be near impossible for me to gain even a casual jobs with no employment history or work experience in recent times.Most ask for the last 2-5 years history.Also we moved from near Dubbo as there were no jobs for us even in Dubbo pls also how do you sell a home and move .Can be expensive .
    Rae
    28th Jul 2019
    8:28am
    Expecting people who have never worked and have absolutely no work experience to get a job is unrealistic.
    annie
    26th Jul 2019
    2:50pm
    If the government was serious about a mobile workforce they would eliminate stamp duty on the sale of the family home. Then people could afford to move to find work and would be more willing to move for shorter periods for work. Until then we are stuck looking for work in the area we own property.
    Lookfar
    26th Jul 2019
    3:19pm
    Hi Annie, - good points, the Govt is operating from the point of view of an exploitive employer, ie load all the costs onto the worker, which sometimes works and also not, - the Big Not was when the Super Rich in Rome, addicted to partying and hedonism, decided to not pay the Armies, - their Military force, so the various super Regiments found their fighting men all going back to their own vilages where they could at least protect their family.
    The Roman Empire collapsed, civilisation at that time effectively collapsed, the German tribes walked into Rome, - pissed on the Senators, killed them, raped Rome, which never really recovered.
    I guess that there are two points, one being that ciivilisations that destroy their economic base, ie the farmers, will die, and the second point is that civilisations that allow the Super Rich, to control them will also die as the Super Rich have no wisdom, no conscience, no understanding of consequences, - surely a part of bringing up a child, - teaching it that they have to be aware of the consequences of their actions, - otherwise they will die.
    But yet, there seems to be no Mechanism to rebuff the Super Rich, their power and arrogance seems overpowering.

    Up to you what we will do about it.

    Cheers,
    Lookfar
    Farside
    26th Jul 2019
    8:18pm
    you would think the government would eliminate hurdles that discourage mobility. For a start they could rebate the costs associated with relocating to Dubbo or wherever that are not picked up by the employer e.g. stamp duty and settlement fees on sale and purchase of property, movers, travel and temporary accommodation ($288/day sounds about right), utility connection/disconnection fees etc
    floss
    26th Jul 2019
    3:08pm
    Mc. Cormack is our local member ,all he has done is send me a long letter saying how great the Adani coal mine will be for Australia.The man is a lazy moron and would be lucky to get a job in Dubbo.
    Farside
    26th Jul 2019
    8:20pm
    he's a gift to the nation from the good folk in the riverina
    floss
    26th Jul 2019
    3:16pm
    Mc.Cormack rents his accommodation off his wife when he is in Canberra a saving of $ 288 a night you work it out.
    Farside
    26th Jul 2019
    8:21pm
    he is not alone in rearranging his affairs to max the benefits. It's a pity there is not a register to provide transparency over such arrangements
    Oldchick
    26th Jul 2019
    4:42pm
    I lived in a country town in Victoria until 12 months ago. No jobs, no hope, ice a plenty. Even one of the part-time Centrelink staff members was doing cash work at the pub. Those who did find work usually had 2 or 3 part time jobs just to make ends meet. Funny though, the migrants on their ‘special visa’s’ had no trouble finding work. I now live in SA in a semi-rural area. Same problem. Went for a drive last weekend and what did we see, Chinese migrants in coolie hats everywhere, trimming vines. From my experience, unless you know someone, the jobs in rural areas are gone before they’re ever advertised. I recently applied for a part time job and I’m in a high tourist area. Sure, I’m not young, have been out of the ‘official’ workplace for a while, but the job I applied for was inundated with applicants.
    A Deputy Prime Minister demonstrating the ease of getting farm work in Dubbo. Could make for a fun documentary.
    Farside
    26th Jul 2019
    8:32pm
    the problem with many jobs that could be offered to an older applicant is that these also represent opportunities for younger applicants with their careers still ahead of them. I think it is more important for the young to be given preference all else being equal.

    And yes, would like to see that documentary or even better a reality show like the Undercover Boss tv series: scene - a disguised pollie taken somewhere outside their comfort zone and given $560, a mobile phone, an ex-hire car and told see you in two weeks.
    Rae
    28th Jul 2019
    8:36am
    I'm n a tourist area and there are plenty of $10 an hour cash in hand jobs. Why on earth would you tell Centrelink about that. You don't know when you might work or how much you might earn and there is no record anyway.

    Seems the taxes to employ people and all the red tape have created a situation where work happens outside the system frequently.

    Chinese farm owners bring their own staff in from China and so do the Indian business owners.
    Incognito
    28th Jul 2019
    8:07pm
    Yes would love to see a doco like Undercover Pollie, would be very interesting.
    Incognito
    28th Jul 2019
    8:03pm
    You can see why they wanted to up the age of getting the pension, what a saving for the Government to spend on their pay rises. Older workers cannot be expected to leave their families and what they know, to struggle to fit in a rural town where everyone knows one another. Even for some young people it can be very daunting. Mc Cormack can easily say what he wants after all he does not having to worry about making ends meet, and has no heart for those who are struggling. Stop making it harder for unemployed to live, how can they feel healthy and ready to work with the stress they have of just trying to find a place to live and decent food. And you wonder why crime has increased in the last 10 years or so. And drug addicts sell drugs to feed their habits as well as steal.
    Farside
    28th Jul 2019
    11:59pm
    has crime really increased? The ABS says not for personal and household crimes.

    PERSONAL CRIME
    Between 2008–09 and 2017–18 the national victimisation rate decreased for:
    total assault – 6.3% to 4.8%
    physical assault – 3.1% to 2.4%
    total threatened assault – 4.2% to 2.8%
    face-to-face threatened assault – 3.9% to 2.6%
    non face-to-face threatened assault – 1.2% to 0.8%
    robbery – 0.6% to 0.3%.

    The victimisation rate for sexual assault remained steady at 0.3% between 2008–09 and 2017–18.

    HOUSEHOLD CRIME
    Between 2008–09 and 2017–18, the national victimisation rate decreased for all selected household crimes, including:
    break-in – 3.3% to 2.5%
    attempted break-in – 3.1% to 2.2%
    motor vehicle theft – 1.1% to 0.6%
    theft from a motor vehicle – 4.5% to 3.1%
    malicious property damage – 11.1% to 5.1%
    other theft – 4.4% to 2.5%.

    https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/4530.0~2017-18~Main%20Features~Key%20findings%20~1
    Incognito
    29th Jul 2019
    12:28am
    Just because these are the statistics that the Government have put on this website only means those that are reported and recorded.
    Farside
    29th Jul 2019
    9:03am
    true but it if the proportion of recorded crimes is consistent then the conclusion to trending down holds. What is your evidence for crime having increased in the last 10 years or so - unreported and unrecorded crimes? If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
    Ducky
    29th Jul 2019
    9:43am
    Hopefully not if it's a move from Western Australia on an income like that, maybe the gov will pay for the move. He must be a comedian.
    Lookfar
    30th Jul 2019
    12:34pm
    Who is this, Ducky, who you are paying the compliment of being a Comedian?
    4b2
    30th Jul 2019
    12:48pm
    If people on new start were paid the living away expenses and allowances that Big Mac and the other MP's gets working in Dubbo would be a great option.
    MP's have no idea of looking for a job (a real job that is).
    Lookfar
    30th Jul 2019
    1:45pm
    4b2 True.
    heemskerk2019
    30th Jul 2019
    8:09pm
    same losers, same comments as five months ago, they should have taken the odds I showed them and was laughed at, 6 dollars the liberals, guess who is laughing now !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    frizfamly
    7th Aug 2019
    10:17am
    So is Mr McCormack suggesting people in the 55 to 66 age bracket move away from family, friends, home and lifestyle to become fruit pickers? I believe his idea of availability of suitable jobs is flawed and based on statistics. Most jobs require some sort of experience or training background, you cant get a job at our age serving food unless you have 5 years experience in doing so. Great if we are physically fit to do so and have no ties to where we have lived for decades. On a personal level, we recently relocated to a regional area after becoming unemployed and/or retired so that we could down size and pay off debts so we could afford to live. At 66.5 and 65.5 years we can not find employment to fit our skills and lifetime experiences. We are competing with people much younger and trained in the local industries.

    Newstart is and never was designed for the victims of the government's decision to increase the age of retirement. It is band aid treatment for an increasing problem - what to do with those who are unemployed but not yet reached 66 years. We are not all made from the same cookie cutter and have different circumstances. Mr McCormack fails to identify the age of people who are on Newstart for a short period of time and how or why they left the system. Also failed to mention the statistics of those who are on Newstart for extended periods.
    frizfamly
    7th Aug 2019
    10:17am
    So is Mr McCormack suggesting people in the 55 to 66 age bracket move away from family, friends, home and lifestyle to become fruit pickers? I believe his idea of availability of suitable jobs is flawed and based on statistics. Most jobs require some sort of experience or training background, you cant get a job at our age serving food unless you have 5 years experience in doing so. Great if we are physically fit to do so and have no ties to where we have lived for decades. On a personal level, we recently relocated to a regional area after becoming unemployed and/or retired so that we could down size and pay off debts so we could afford to live. At 66.5 and 65.5 years we can not find employment to fit our skills and lifetime experiences. We are competing with people much younger and trained in the local industries.

    Newstart is and never was designed for the victims of the government's decision to increase the age of retirement. It is band aid treatment for an increasing problem - what to do with those who are unemployed but not yet reached 66 years. We are not all made from the same cookie cutter and have different circumstances. Mr McCormack fails to identify the age of people who are on Newstart for a short period of time and how or why they left the system. Also failed to mention the statistics of those who are on Newstart for extended periods.
    Incognito
    7th Aug 2019
    3:27pm
    Some people over 50 have not hope of getting employed again and have to live on Newstart for many years, in that time they spend all their savings, sometimes lose their house if they have one, or become homeless because they cannot afford to rent. The charity organizations can tell you how many people they are feeding because the welfare system is broken. Everytime they make it harder for welfare recipients they make it harder for the charity organizations who are doing all the work to look after people that our Government does not have the heart to look after. And extending the wait to receive the pension is just plain cruel and makes no economic sense, you are lucky you only have one extra years to wait, I have to wait until 67 and other's younger will be waiting even longer.


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