Letter to the Editor
The increasing hostility being shown from the Abbott government toward the unemployed youth of this nation has reached disgraceful proportions with the latest blow, that of jobseekers having to apply for 40 jobs per month. At first blush it seems, perhaps reasonable; until deeper thought reveals time to prepare individual resumes for each job applied for, the high cost of stationary and postage, transport to and from interviews, no provision made for illness or medical disabilities, doctor’s visits and other miscellaneous duties one needs to carry out in the course of everyday living, all without the meagre support of unemployment benefits.
This is simply just another manoeuvre in the “war against the poor” from another increasingly “ultra-conservative” LNP government. The Australian population continually shows its resentment and opposition to these ultra-right policies in polls held by newspapers such as The Australian (Newspoll) and The Courier Mail (Galaxy) and Channel 7 ‘reachtel’ to name a few. The existing LNP governments are deeply unpopular and are not likely to be re-elected. We in Queensland, with a State election only 8 months away are expecting a “manufactured crisis” to occur in order to try to save the Newman government at any time now, as the results from recent by-elections show the Qld LNP government are on the way out.
Ordinary Australians do not understand, why the fervour to attack the helpless, yet avoid tackling huge corporate companies who hide up billions of dollars every year in tax havens like the Cayman Islands? There seems no rhyme or reason to allow these dodgy practices yet simultaneously attack unemployed youth? People who claim that these children are “paid to do nothing” have a cock-eyed view of the situation, unemployment benefits are subsistence payments which help to keep unemployed people alive, barely, and dead job applicants are of little use to employers.
The increasing hostility