Jobs wanted in Australia - but not if they clash with golf

2016-02-23 12:53

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Canberra - The Australian government is tired of unemployed people declining a job because it may interfere with their golf plans or dreams of becoming an actor.

The government plans to tighten its rules on who qualifies for unemployment benefits to encourage the jobless, including some with creative excuses to stay off the job to go to work.

"Australia's income support system is there as a safety net for people who genuinely cannot find a job, not as an option for those who simply refuse to work," Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said in a statement.

The penalty for refusing a job offer without a good excuse is eight weeks without a welfare check, but three out of four unemployed Australians who refused jobs last year managed to keep their checks. Australia's jobless rate is 6 percent.

The Employment Department on Tuesday released samples of reasons job hunters have given for remaining unemployed. They include:

A 58-year-old man was not prepared to work for three hours on Sundays because that was when he played golf.

A 19-year-old man turned down a job "to follow his dream of becoming an actor".

A 26-year-old man refused a job because "he doesn't work with chickens".

A 50-year-old woman declined a receptionist position because of a "bad smell" in the office.

A 33-year-old man rejected car washing as "too difficult".

A 23-year-old man refused to become a driver's assistant because he wanted to drive.

The basic unemployment benefit in Australia is AUS$261.70 a week. It's higher for those with dependent children and in need of rent assistance.

The government wants to close a loophole that allows the unemployed to refuse jobs while continuing to collect a welfare checks, but the Senate is resisting the changes.

The opposition argues that the government already has the discretion to withhold checks from people without reasonable excuses for refusing to work. It says the government's proposal would remove any discretion in cases where withholding the benefit could leave a person homeless or suffering other harm.

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