Get Ready for the Return of the Old Dole By James Reed

     This is where things get interesting. People have been thrown out of work, given more than the usual dole to not sink under the flood waters of corona, but soon, that dole will be taken away, and everyone goes into free fall. I imagine that the BLM protests are going to look like the good old days in a few months’ time.

“It’s a devastating hidden statistic weighing on the mind of the Prime Minister as he considers a “snapback” to a $40-a-day dole. Three in four unemployed Australians forced to survive on the old $275-a-week dole were forced to skip meals or couldn’t afford fresh fruit and vegetables. Now, there are fears this is the grim future that more than 1.6 million Australians face when the JobSeeker payment is slashed at the end of September. Just over two months ago, the Jobseeker payment was doubled to $550 to help thousands of workers who lost their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic. At the time, the PM stressed that the increase was temporary and that the dole would return to normal in late September. But now, as the ranks of the unemployed swell when the Morrison Government also axes the JobKeeper wage subsidy in September, more Australians will be forced to live in poverty. In a survey of almost 1000 Australians who rely on JobSeeker, the Australian Council of Social Service has found that 9 out of 10 people reported that the removal of the new JobSeeker rate would have a significant or extreme impact on their ability to cover the cost of essentials.”

     Get ready for Oz becoming, at the street level, like something out of an apocalyptic Clint Eastwood, Man with No Name movie:

     Don’t get our John Steele started, but the average starving punter not having a gun may be a blessing in disguise. Home invaders, as seen in numerous home invasions in Melbourne, will probably use melee weapons that can be disposed of. That can be dealt with. I think.



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