Why work for the dole doesn't work

Tightening access to unemployment benefits won’t make jobseeking easier if there is no extra work to begin with. Instead it will lock young and long-term unemployed Australians out of the job market.

The federal government will be out in force this week spruiking its work for the dole scheme but Australians should ignore the political theatrics and focus on the one unavoidable truth: the proposed scheme will not work. It’s a dud.

Under the proposal, Australians aged 18 to 30 will be required to work 25 hours per week to receive their welfare payments. Those aged between 31 and 49 will have to work 15 hours.

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