https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/treasury/parental-welfare-pays-more-than-work/news-story/5f4d825e0957e954fea4e13e7ff2fe26If you wanna have eight babies like this silly woman did in order to collect extreme amounts of child endowment and other benefits from our government - then yes, the system allows you do that. Those people only represent an extremely small amount and we're talking specifically about people who have lots of children and get support from the government that way - NOT simply just that they don't want to work.
Thousands of parents claiming government benefits are financially better off not getting a job, with new figures showing they receive at least $45,000 a year tax-free, more than the take-home pay of most Australian workers.
As the Coalition embarks on an overhaul of the welfare sector, new government data obtained by The Australian reveals that the top 10 per cent of those on parenting benefits, about 43,200 people, received at least $45,032 in 2014-15.
The amount is boosted when families have multiple children and claim a range of government benefits, such as family tax payments and childcare rebates.
Personally there's no way I'd have eight or more children just to get lots of Centrelink.
I actually know people who have. I think most of us know people who have chosen to not work (often with excuses).You have a prejudice against people on Centrelink, you believe that because you know one person who simply doesn't want to work that they must all be like that.
I have a friend here in SA who has been on the dole for thirty years. There is no way in hell anyone would employ her, she's got some kind of a personalty disorder and she's basically very disagreeable. There's absolutely nothing that Centrelink, the old CES, the new Job Networks and even newer Job Access agencies have ever - EVER - been able to do for this woman and the astonishing thing is that she wants to work and has been actively looking for a job in all that time - and she still volunteers at places where she hopes they might offer her work eventually.
She's just nuts - she's even been sacked from some of her voluntary jobs that she's so unbearable. For every person like your cousin (or whoever it is) who doesn't want to work I can guarantee you there are a dozen more people on the dole who are:
- Over 50 and considered too old by many employers
- Poor literacy or limited skills, caring duties for family members, constrained by lack of a car (very often).
- Usually lives in an area that's very cheap to rent because they have to (ie urban fringe or rural high unemployment area) where public transport is very poor and jobs are already problematic
- Hampered by physical or psychiatric problems sometimes stemming from previous employment (eg: back or orthopaedic injuries, post-traumatic stress, etc).
- Simply don't have anything that an employer really wants or might complain if they're underpaid.