And now for instalment 3 in “How to bore your readers to tears in 4 easy steps”
I am officially unemployed. Yep that’s right a bottomless pit for tax muney. No you don’t get any points for guessing it. It’s way too obvious from my other post.
In the beginning there was shcool and I was very good at maths science etc.
And after graduating from high school my marks got my first preference in
I dragged this PhD on for a looong time and it is not yet complete. After a while 5 years actually I was no longer an official student and was instead a dependant on my exwife. Grand.
After coming out I was a dependant on the dole which has a fancy name now. I’ve been on it two years and been dunked in some of the dregs of society and it’s been a fantastic experience but I hate being on the dole.
The concept is a simple once really. A safety net much like trapeze artists use. We fall all the time in the job situation especially now that employer and employee loyalty means nothing. The net of small money is there to let us live.
You know when the trapeze artist falls do they lie there in the net until death do them part? No. They try to get up and out and back on the next show. Does everyone sit there gawking at them? No they jump to help the artist on their feet.
These two things aren’t happening enough.
At any rate in my case I’m working on depression so that I can finish my thesis and get a part time job for basic jobs skills in my CV. Hopefully to later springboard into a better job.
I have no doubt I’ll comment more on the dole but here are a few highlights from my opinion;
1) The dole pays very low here about $300 a fortnight ($US225). It is too low to be taxed. I think the dole amount is fair not too much or too little really. Too much and it would encourage people to remain on it. Too little and people would fail. Nearly all the money is gobbled up by rents, bills etc. A small rent assistance (it averages 1/3 of the rent cost) is paid as an extra.
2) Some time ago the Centrelink (the dole providers) split the duty of giving work searching assistance out and it is now managed separately by small groups, some corporate some quasi charity. This was a good idea IMO because it looks like the work assistance given in the past was appalling and the new form of assistance is more effective. Now Centrelink manages the money side basically.
3) Too many people have debts to Centrelink they are paying back. Some of them are fair but many are a failure of responsibility on Centrelink’s side. For example, if they are paying the wrong type of payment and discover their error they will recover all payments and not credit the payment they should have been making.
4) When choosing the group to provide the employment service you are given a list of company names with no info at all not even the address and of course you must decide on the spot. So you are choosing between say Employment R US and SupaJobz. How competitive.
5) There is a huge problem with single mothers in the dole. Plenty of them do the right thing dealing with the situation and bringing up their children. But there are the others. You know the more kiddies you pop the more money you get. And it happens. How well do you think those kids are looked after?
6) When you go for your initial interview you are not told all sorts of important things. Like cheap bus fares, special bill subsidies (mainly for families), rent assistance and the effect of part time work.
8) When my hearing aids broke which I am dependant on to communicate there was no assistance from any source. It took 8 months to get them and not from Centrelink. I remain bitter about that to this day yet happy they were provided eventually.
9) Mental illness is a hidden problem in the dole and I think accounts for a proportion of long term ones. There is no real support from Centrelink or elsewhere.
10) Another large segment are the ‘bludgers’ who are content with low payments and ‘live’ on it in a permanent way.
11) There is a requirement for many on the dole to list where they’ve looked for work (min 4 per fortnight up to 10) No big deal for an active jobseeker really except it ignores a few problems. The prime problem is the buckets of people ringing up and flooding the employees with inappropriate or blatantly false desires to get job X. This is costing business a fortune. The hidden problem is the inability to properly enforce it being genuine.