Friday, 1 May 2009

Fudging the figures

There's nothing like the impending arrival of some bad unemployment numbers to prompt a government to make a dramatic policy change. Years ago we had tens iof thousands taken off the dole figures by putting them on a disability support pension. The last figure I saw was 730,397 of these disabled compared with 462,896 on Centrelink's so-called Newstart (the dole to ordinary people) allowance.
Now Team Rudd has come up with a way of trying to disguise the ravages that are about to be inflicted on Australia's youth by having yet another youth training scheme. The rhetoric is wonderful, the reality will be terrible. Not counting the new wave of unemployed young people will not alter the fact that their lives will in all likelihood be ruined as result of this global financial crisis.
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