Why call our best and brightest 'unemployed'?

Australians involved in the arts often spend periods of time in unemployment but they also make significant contributions to national culture, and they pay a good deal of tax when working.

The Abbott government’s work-for-the-dole reforms are copping criticism from nearly every corner -- from the Business Council and the Council of Small Business of Australia, to the Australian Council of Social Service.

A central thread of the criticisms is the blunt nature of the reforms which treat workers as ‘employed’ one minute and generically ‘unemployed’ the next.

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