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Australians do it tough while Prime Minister has no plan



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THE HON LINDA BURNEY MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS

MEMBER FOR BARTON

AUSTRALIANS DO IT TOUGH WHILE PRIME MINISTER HAS NO PLAN

Almost one in ten Australian workers are underemployed, and new apprenticeships

are at their lowest in two decades.

With the release of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report Card on

the Welfare of Australians, it comes as no surprise that Australians are doing it

tough.

Scott Morrison will try and gloss over the state of the welfare of Australians - just

like he has with the state of the economy - but Australians know the truth.

Many Australians are finding that they simply aren’t receiving enough hours at

work to get by.

In fact, almost one in five - or over 130,000 - Newstart recipients have a job, but

do not receive either enough hours or income to get them off the payment.

In addition, 60 per cent of people receiving unemployment payments had been on

them for two years or more.

The report mentions that one in four Australians feel lonely, especially young

people and men.

One million Australians are living in housing stress, and Australians are less likely

to own their home than ever before.

There is no wonder our young people are struggling to buy their first home. They

are finding it harder and harder to get a job, with youth unemployment more than

double the national average, while housing prices continue to soar.

Australia needs to do more to measure the success of government policies and our

success as a country by the wellbeing of our citizens and our communities.

Scott Morrison is obsessed with devising new ways to humiliate and harass people

desperately trying to re-enter the workforce with urine tests and saliva swabs.

Meanwhile, the economy is floundering, wages and living standards are

stagnating, and the Liberals have no plan to turn things around.

WEDNESDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 2019

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