There are too many jobs and our economy is growing. So why are 250,000 young people out of work and on welfare payments?
There’s an old stereotype that people on welfare payments are bludging and not doing anything to find a job, but research shows the system is making it impossible to get people off welfare.
Parliamentary inquiries, social advocates, and unemployed people warn this system is failing young people, and pushing them further into poverty.
Plus, there are widespread concerns welfare payments aren’t enough for basic expenses like food and rent.
Hack has spoken to dozens of people who are either living without a job or trying to help those who are unemployed. This is what they say must change.
SOURCE: Avani Dias. “This is how Newstart is failing young Australians.” ABC, 23 April 2019.
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