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Your views: on Centrelink, Fair Work Act and pathology

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Today, readers comment on Centrelink income and access, a call for industrial reform, and private pathology services.

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Commenting on the story: Don’t return to $40 a day JobSeeker after pandemic: poll

The old level of dole at some $313.85 per week is a denial of economic and social dignity in a first world nation.

Expectations, indeed demands, are placed on the jobseeker to maintain employment readiness (housing, nutrition, personal hygiene, clothing, haircuts, tools, etc) without the financial capacity to meet these costs.

Older unemployed Australians in their late 50s to 65 who have generated the wealth and paid taxes for decades are put out to pasture as “volunteers” for the many charities that accept them.

Forced to become beggars seeking relief and aid from other charities to make up for the lack of support from our rich politicians.

What reward is this for those of us who have worked to make Australia prosperous and generate the taxable wealth that feeds a parasitic Canberra? – Nick Wagner

Commenting on the story: Will extra staff help Centrelink cope with virus demand?

I have been trying to ring Centrelink for over a week now and can’t get through.

I get a recorded message saying due to coronavirus  there is a large number of calls, please try again later, which i have done over 70 times in the past week.’

Why is this, as Centrelink said that they put extra staff on and their would be no problems to get through? – Peter Button 

Commenting on the opinion piece: Existing Fair Work Act must become a coronavirus casualty

Highly qualified legal  practitioner says the existing Fair Work act must go.

I expected some sort of explanation as to why. Instead I got far right IPA rationale.

But wait. Apart from his impeccable legal qualifications, Mr Bailes is State Liberal Party vice president. So I got a ‘party political broadcast” instead.

It might have been useful to include this information as well as his exceptional legal CV. – Helen Chadwick.

Commenting on the story: “A complete lack of respect”: SA Govt’s snub to private testing offer revealed

As far as I know SA is the only state to retain a government run testing service.

Bringing in private operators will only fragment service provision and increase costs. 

SA Pathology is efficient, accessible to all with no fees to to the patient so why inject a for profit service into the mix? 

The government is to be congratulated that it has finally ruled out privatisation. – Sheila Jarmain

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