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August 09, 2019

Reports that last financial year, more than 120,000 people reliant on welfare had wrongly had their payments cut is more evidence of the problematic employment services system under the Liberal Morrison Government.
The data from the department as reported in The Guardian shows that about one in five people who had their income support cut or suspended, had been found to have a valid reason for not meeting their mutual obligation such as attending a meeting.
This information undermines the Government’s continued public attack of Australians engaged in the employment services system and highlights the problems in the system it oversees.
This data comes on top of the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) labour force data shows the Government’s abysmal track record of getting people off Newstart and into work.
According to ABS data, the typical job seeker search time and long term unemployed search times have risen under this Government.

For every one job vacancy, there are 3 unemployed people.
Everyone other than this Government knows the current labour market system must work better, connecting unemployed Australians with decent, stable jobs.

Labor believes in mutual obligation arrangements for jobseekers, but that means the Government has an obligation to ensure that the job active service is value for money.

Rather than simply attacking people struggling to get work in order to distract from their own internal division, the Government should help people to get decent, secure work.