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Should the government pay the unemployed people more money to stop them from having to go out and do crime. Facts they pay the unemployed on average $11,000 to feed, houses and cloth themselves a year

By Red . Created on 03 Feb, 2021
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Joyce said 3 weeks ago
I know a number of people who are unemployed and have been for some time. They manage because they have to, and they have not turned to crime. Only a small percentage of unemployed people turn to crime because they want more and are not prepared to work for it.
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Maureen said 3 weeks ago
Education on how to manage what money you've got might be helpful. How to manage bills, buy groceries economically (know when the markdowns are on at your local supermarket), grow your own fruit and veg (even those with balconies can grow a few things in pots), stop going out in the car so often for items you don't NEED, give up the cigarettes (before you attack me, yeah, I know, not everyone smokes, but if you do,...
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Susan said 3 weeks ago
Payment can be in many forms, not just monetary.
Think the Government, both at state and federal levels, need to deal with the homeless and mentally challenged situations which may lead to such events taking place out of necessity.
This is a bigger issue and one that only getting worse as governments privatise and sell off more and more housing assets forcing people in...
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David said 3 weeks ago
The premise that the unemployed have to embrace a criminal life style is rather disingenuous. Some empirical evidence that the premise is valid might encourage one to look more favorably on the proposition.
Mrs said 3 weeks ago
There are many agencies out there to help people before they need to turn to crime. Sadly not everyone knows how to access them. And some find crime so much easier.
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dorford said 3 weeks ago
It's not just the initial payment that people get. There are many other benefits available, such as rent assistance, free public transport, access to courses, and more. Unfortunately, some people prefer not to work. The government offered $6,000 for people to take up fruit picking, but that didn't motivate enough people and we are flying in workers from the islands who really do want to work.
Mrs said 3 weeks ago
Sadly true. I accept that going to the fruit picking are to pick fruit is not practical for a single parent with school age children. But that is only a percentage of the unemployed people.
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Simone said 3 weeks ago
My view may be quite narrow minded but my belief is that if you increase unemployment benefits then there is no motivation to look for work.

If a single mum of 5 can maintain full-time work then why can't single unemployed people?
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TC said 3 weeks ago
Well said Simone, sometimes we let these academics lose on a problem which then turns the whole truth upside down, your view is simple, logical and practicable, which is the one place social academics "don't" look !!!
Mrs said 3 weeks ago
Mostly agree with you both. Subject to the age of the children. If children are school age yes go to work, if under school age try to be there for them.
Mrs said 3 weeks ago
Sometimes the biggest problem is the working poor. They have a job, they are happy to work. But the work is part time so too little.
Fiona said 3 weeks ago
Part time workers can get multiple part time jobs
Mrs said 3 weeks ago
Sometimes. And it is a good idea where practical. But if you live where the only afterhours transport is private vehicle or taxi, cant drive and most jobs are afterhours. This is not always affordable.
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Rebecca said 3 weeks ago
What ever happened to self respect?
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Red said 3 weeks ago
That's the right spirit world needs more ppl like you jail would be full government will be even more broke and we the tax payer will have to pay more