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RESTART PROGRAM FAILS TO HELP OLDER AUSTRALIANS INTO WORK

October 14, 2020

 The Morrison Government’s Restart program has been an utter failure in getting older people in to work.
 
Reports today reveal that 40 per cent of workers under the program were without work within three months.
 
Not only is the program undersubscribed, it doesn’t effectively help people into employment.
 
In order to cover for their failure to include any support for older Australians in the Budget, the Government touts this failed program as a signature policy. This shows how unprepared they are to deal with the Morrison recession.
 
The multi-billion wage subsidy hiring credit announced in the Budget deliberately excludes 928,000 Australians aged over 35. These Australians are rapidly approaching the JobSeeker Christmas cliff with no certainty about the future of their support payments and will now find themselves competing with a subsidised younger workforce.
 
If Scott Morrison was serious about driving down unemployment and kick starting the recovery he would not be excluding almost one million Australians aged over 35.
 
Decisions taken by the Liberals and Nationals mean that the Morrison Recession will be deeper and longer than necessary, push more workers onto the unemployment queues and jeopardise Australia’s recovery.

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