A hardline stance won't work for youth unemployment

Scott Morrison may be the Coalition's star performer, but his ministerial ability won't solve the big flaws in the Coalition's approach to tackling youth unemployment.

When Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced his cabinet reshuffle one move stood out among the rest: the appointment of hardliner Scott Morrison to the social services portfolio. Morrison has his critics -- natural for a portfolio such as immigration -- but by virtue of effectively stopping the boats he became a star performer in an otherwise poor year for the Coalition front bench.

As a result, it was not that surprising that he was gifted the portfolio that gave the Abbott government no end of grief last year. But will Morrison be any more successful than his predecessor?



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