Dole 'bludgers' are exploiting a weak system, says job agency

Monday 26 July 2010

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Long-term dole recipients who fail to seek work are not being effectively penalised, it has been claimed.

Job agency Campbell Page, which has 90 offices across the country, argued that the government’s penalties for non-participation are "infrequently and inconsistently applied, and as such, the compliance regime is not as robust as it could be", the Australian reported.

The claims come in the wake of a compliance review of the system which is currently receiving submissions and will report on its findings after the election.

Mark Arbib, the federal employment participation minister, told the newspaper he would like to see tougher penalties against unemployed people who deliberately avoid their obligations if it were shown that Labor’s changes to the welfare system had weakened the principle of mutual obligation.

Campbell Page noted that the majority of participation reports are not upheld, meaning that "the no-show, no-pay rarely occurs".

The news comes as tight economic conditions encourage more people to compare debit cards in search of safer spending options. Last week, the Courier-Mail reported that retailers in Noosa are currently printing their own promotional money in a bid to beat the downturn in consumer confidence.

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