A mixed bag of labour force fixes

The government’s bid to get older Australians back into the workforce may prove beneficial, but its tough-love stance toward young jobseekers, and the Paid Parental Leave scheme will have only a modest effect on participation.

The government proposed three policies to combat falling labour force participation in today’s budget. Unfortunately the results were a mixed bag and the participation rate is set to decline further during 2014-15. The government will have to do more if it wants to convince the Australian people it is serious about improving participation.


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