Cicero, circa 43 BC
“Recency illusion is the belief or impression that something is of recent origin when it is in fact long-established.”
- - See also: Australia.
i don’t know whether to send this or not, because on the one hand, this attitude of just ‘go live where the jobs are’ is fucking bullshit, because you need money to go literally anywhere
but on the other hand i don’t have the energy to get involved in a debate
but either way, i’m fucking pissed
Please send it. That sort of ignorance needs to be called out.
Employment Minister Eric Abetz has admitted there is a risk of “box-ticking” if jobseekers are forced to apply for 40 jobs a month to claim welfare.
The Federal Government has unveiled a $5.1 billion jobs placement program and an expansion of the Work for the Dole Scheme.
The draft employment and welfare changes willforce unemployed Australians to apply for 40 jobs each month in order to qualify for benefits. […]
Senator Abetz acknowledges there is a risk that people will apply for jobs - even ones they know they will not get - just to reach the target.
"I think that is a potentially fair criticism. We as a Government do not want box-ticking to take place," he said.
"We don’t want red tape and inconvenience to employers but what we do want is a genuine attempt by the job seeker to obtain employment and with the help of a job service provider, we trust that that will assist them in redoubling their efforts to obtain employment."
There is no “risk” here. This will happen. I know it will because I’ve done it myself.
I became a jobseeker at the end of 1997 once university was over; I was 23, I had a degree after five years that wasn’t exactly going to help me land work, and I had no work experience. And I had to find ten jobs per fortnight. OF COURSE I APPLIED FOR JOBS I HAD NO CHANCE OF GETTING! The requirements for continuing to get the pittance the government grudgingly paid me left me with little choice. I had to put SOMETHING on the form. And if I was doing it, I have no doubt I wasn’t the only one.
And that was back in the days when you only had to get ten a fortnight and after a few months it was cut back to just two a fortnight, and you didn’t have to wait six months before you could claim the dole and you didn’t get kicked off again after six months and you didn’t have to wait six more months to claim it again. And that was under a Liberal government. The unemployed never had it so good, at least when you consider the situation now.
Really—when was the last time any of these cunts actually had to look for work? Especially Abetz, who came here from Germany after the Australian government basically handed hs father a job and brought the whole family out here in 1961 to work on a hydroelectric scheme in Tasmania… But it’s not the 1960s any more, fuck, it’s not even the 1990s any more, unemployed people vastly outnumber the positions to be filled, and even if every job vacancy could be filled, where would the Coalition’s current policy leave all the rest of the unemployed? Still having to find 40 jobs a month that don’t even exist?
Life hack: conquer your fear of the dark by becoming the thing other people fear in the dark.