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Eric Abetz has admitted there’s a risk that people will apply for jobs they are unqualified for, or unlikely to get, in order to meet proposed requirements.
No shit Sherlock. Expecting people to apply for 40 jobs a month in order to receive welfare is not only cruel but stupid. There is not enough jobs. For every job opening there is 4.2 unemployed people. It is worse when you realise that most of these jobs require specialised skills, knocking out most of the unemployed. On top of this there are a host of hidden and underemployed workers out there.  Any HR consultant would tell you that job hunting is about quality over quantity. A good application takes time, tailoring your application to meet what the firm wants. This is not the way to get the unemployed employed. On the otherside if you do want to take part in the futile exercise of applying for 40 jobs a months, rushing in substandard applications just to meet the quota, you can be penalised for having a substandard application. This is a government who sees the unemployed as lazy and not hard done by a horrible job market. (via progressiveauspol)


Poor people need money. Not blankets and canned food. You try living off only blankets and canned food and let me know how it works out for you.

Poor person have a variety of needs. They cannot just live off condiments and basic needs. That is the most dehumanizing thing you can…

I just re-read this post and realized I didn’t proof read it. It sounds so incoherent that I’m just sitting here wondering how on earth I could make such embarrassing spelling and grammar errors. What is it about typing while listening to music that makes me have such extraordinary brain fart moments? o.O

I’m glad people liked it, though, and were at least able to navigate through it.


This image best describes what is happening in Gaza. Gaza is the world’s largest open-air prison. Even calling the action against Palestinians in Gaza a war seems lacking in description. A war implies some equality in combat. What is happening in Gaza is a massacre by one of the world’s most powerful armies, abetted by the silence of western nations.”

— Dennis Kucinich


From Gaza: I Would Rather Die in Dignity Than Agree to Living in an Open-Air Prison by Mohammed Suliman | Huffington Post

Gaza is a tough place; it’s tiny, overcrowded and besieged. But the people are kind. The food is delicious, and the beach, though filthy, allows us to pretend that we’re free. The sunset at sea is a spectacular scene, despite the Israeli warships dotting the landscape. Take a stroll down the street, and you’ll meet vendors, mostly young children hawking their wares. Take a taxi, and by the time you get off, you’ll be exchanging phone numbers with your newest friend, the taxi driver.

Our markets are complete chaos, an experience for all five senses. Rush hour is when school children, dressed in UNRWA uniforms or Barcelona and Real Madrid t-shirts, finish classes and flood the streets on their way back home. It is when I realize how young Gaza’s population is. Night is as lively a time as daytime. Smoke shisha at a beach or downtown café or chill with the family. The people in Gaza, too, are humans.

But this isn’t the scene in Gaza anymore. The streets are deserted, and so is the beach. Schools have become makeshift shelters crammed with displaced people fleeing death to a supposedly safer place. The beautiful noise of life has been replaced by a horrid one of death. Drones are humming overhead, and jet fighters are roaring.

There is always shelling at a distance. Distance, however, is relative. It could be so close that your windows will be blown out as you scream your heart out. Only then will you realize you have just escaped a narrow death. But someone else must have inevitably died. This could happen numerous times a day before you force yourself to sleep in the dark in a safe corner of your house to the sound of falling bombs and missiles, in the hope that none of these missiles will know its way to you.

The people in Gaza are living through yet another Israeli assault, the third such assault in six years, with nowhere to flee. As missiles hit civilian houses, entire families are obliterated. How else could one possibly characterize the killing oftwenty-five members from one family in one strike, or the killing of another eighteen members from another family in just another strike? How can one describe the arbitrary and indiscriminate shelling of one of the most crowded and impoverished areas in Gaza City with endless barrages of missiles and mortar shells all night long while preventing ambulances and civil defense forces from entering the area to rescue and evacuate the victims?

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