Food for thought: If the 2014 Budget goes ahead....

- Will unemployed under 30yr olds who are living in immense poverty and hardship be likely to drive wages down?

- Will fierce competition begin?

- Will employers 'let go' of employees because they will qualify for government subsidies that help pay for employment - work for the dole schemes?

- Will potential employers take advantage knowing people will be desperate and will we see increases in workplace bullying and exploitation?

- Will New Zealanders be required to apply for a visa since there won't be an abundance of jobs anymore? 

- Or, will the government still let us Kiwis in freely knowing this will undoubtedly add extra pressure on their own Australian residents for precious jobs?

- What chance will homeless people have in applying for employment? 

- How will children be affected if mum or dad are out of work and not able to get any income for 6mths at a time?

- Do all under 30yr olds have the luxury of being able to rely on family to help carry them through the 6mth down periods?

- Will there be extra pressure on charities and will they be able to manage? Will they be forced to introduce qualifying criteria?

- What does applying for 40 jobs per week and meeting with a case manager actually look like?

- Can people who are in extreme hardship afford internet? Access to Internet? Transport? Clothing? 

- What happens to those who are trapped in remote regions?

- Will this cause resentment to grow between the local nationals versus immigrants including ourselves?

- Will people who have a choice to be here be accused of 'stealing jobs' in an already exhausted job market?

- Will this cause resentment between our own people who have are living here already against those who are simply coming over from NZ because jobs are now scarce and many don't have the option to go home?

- Will our people back in NZ stay away from Australia for concern of putting extra pressure on those already fighting for employment and trying to survive?

These are just some of the questions we could ask ourselves and no doubt there are many more. The country is undergoing extensive changes and Australia is no longer the place it used to be. Informing friends and whanau of the risks is paramount to keep one another safe.

"As a worker, not only it is in your economic self-interest for there to be welfare, but for as many other workers as possible to be on it for as long as they like. It's simple supply and demand. If they're not looking for work, you're more likely to be able to find a job and to demand higher wages when you get one.

It might help Daily Telegraph readers to think of it like this: people on the dole are like "boat people", you don't want them coming over here and stealing our jobs and driving down wages because they will work for crumbs because they're used to living in poverty." - Courtesy Ben Archist and Anti-Poverty Network SA.

Na Erina

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