Scott Morrison has a history of saying some pretty dumb things, especially when talking about all that’s happened/happening in 2020, but his latest comments on those receiving JobKeeper/JobSeeker payments are definitely among the most infuriating things he’s said recently.
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Chatting to 2GB radio (via SBS News), Scott Morrison has called out all those unemployed Aussies who are receiving JobKeeper/JobSeeker payments for not wanting to look for work because the benefits they’re getting just too darn generous.
Scotty From Marketing‘s critique comes from “anecdotal feedback” rather than any actual meaningful data and he’s worried about how the government is “burning through” $11 billion a month in wage subsidies.
So in other words, our PM is calling everyone who is unemployed and on JobKeeper/JobSeeker due to COVID-19 lazy and it’s all based on what a couple of his mates told him.
“What we have to be worried about now is that we can’t allow the JobSeeker payment to become an impediment to people going out and doing work, getting extra shifts.
“And we are getting a lot of anecdotal feedback from small businesses, even large businesses where some of them are finding it hard to get people to come and take the shifts because they’re on these higher levels of payment.”
Where do we even begin on this one?
With the cutting of penalty rates and casualisation of our workforce, it’s no surprise that people are opting to receive payments instead of working themselves to the bone to relatively nothing. And even then, it’s not like the JobKeeper/JobSeeker payments are that great even at the inflated COVID-19 rate due to the cost of living in Australia.
Scott Morrison has also conveniently forgotten that we’re in the middle of a recession, meaning that there’s less money flowing and getting/changing jobs is quite difficult. There just aren’t enough jobs to cater for the 927,600 people currently unemployed and there’s an incredible amount of competition to get one of those few jobs that are available.
All this just sounds pretty rich coming from someone like Scott Morrison, who is not only one of the highest paid political leaders but also refused to take a pay cut during these dark times when nearly everyone is having to make sacrifices.
Let’s say that there were enough jobs available, there will be some people who are still hesitant to go out and get shift work due to this little COVID-19 pandemic thing were still getting through.
But sure, Scott Morrison, let’s just label all those Aussies receiving JobKeeper/JobSeeker payments as being too lazy to find work and completely disregard all the extenuating circumstances and the pandemic we’re experiencing right now.
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