I wish to raise a subject on behalf of people beligned by our present society by the broad term of dole bludgers.
I agree some people use the system out of pure laziness often stretching back generations however there are some very desperate people caught up in broad perception projected by our politicians that are living a life in abject poverty and can do nothing to break out.
They are the physically disabled, the mentally ill, the ones that just can’t work and do not transition to a disability pension or are in transition or cannot get through the NDS mazes alone.
Support Services for these people has been cut or does not exist so they are left in their houses or rooms if they are fortunate enough struggling to pay rent, food and usually medication last.
Suicide rates among these people is high unfortunately but suits the government data on unemployment hence low on the priority list.
Luckily some medics are sympathetic to this group but the social stigma stays when they have to venture into main stream population to get medications not on the PBS and struggle to pay at the counter.
This issue is not about raising the New Start allowance, although that would help greatly it’s about defining the people who are invisible in the present system.
This issue is in the too hard basket for many politicians regardless of allegiance.
The real issue is getting classification, getting approved or rejected then getting them into care be it NDS or Disability options, not letting them slowly fade into natural attrition.
We are supposed to have a surplus if we listen to the spin so let’s give the least able bodied people some life saving support.