Let me tell you about some of the common problems I see in my clinic every day....
People not being able to afford specialist care, medication, medical devices...
People not being able to afford healthy food for their family...
People not being able to afford clothes or transport to get to a job interview....
People being made unwell because of their treatment by Centrelink and job networks...
People being made unwell because of their treatment by bosses at work...
So, make no mistake, today's pitiful increase of the JobSeeker rise, the increase in "mutual" obligation, and the ability of bosses to dob in workers will make people more unwell and less able to work.
Not to mention, add to the taxpayers' Medicare bill for treating these people's problems being brought about entirely unnecessarily.
Thanks government. You've done it again.
{Slow handclap}

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Here's a scary thread.
HT @kedwardbear who sent it to me.
Now, I'll tell you why I find it particularly scary in Australia....
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Would you like to hear them.
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Here, the PM makes all the right noises about working in partnership. If he really means this, then that is really good.
Do you sense a "But..." coming?
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I feel a thread coming on....

Do you trust the Department of Human Services?
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1.25 million new jobs.
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