Regressive measures won’t help youth into work or training

Graham, Linda J. (2014) Regressive measures won’t help youth into work or training. The Conversation, May(15).

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The 2014 federal budget implemented a so-called crackdown on what Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews calls young people who are content to “sit on the couch at home and pick up a welfare cheque”.

The crackdown will change access to income support for people under 30 years of age.

From January 1 2015, all young people seeking Newstart Allowance and Youth Allowance for the first time will be required to “demonstrate appropriate job search and participation in employment services support for six months before receiving payments”.

Upon qualifying, recipients must then spend 25 hours per week in Work for the Dole in order to receive income support for a six-month period. What happens beyond this six months is unclear.

What is clear is that these policy changes, together with the Minister’s accompanying statements, are informed by a deficit view of disadvantaged youth.

It is a view that demonstrates how little politicians know or understand about these young peoples’ past circumstances.

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ID Code: 83195
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
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Deposited On: 08 Apr 2015 00:37
Last Modified: 20 May 2015 03:53

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