Comments for Hoyden about Town http://hoydenabouttown.com HOYDEN (hoid'n): woman of saucy, boisterous or carefree behavior Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:49:18 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Media Circus: Hockeynomics edition by Megpie71 http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140728.17090/media-circus-hockeynomics-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-257429 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:49:18 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17090#comment-257429 Lovely suggestion cropping up in the comments to this article on the Grauniad:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/28/industry-concerned-about-coalitions-40-job-applications-a-month-plan?commentpage=1

If you’re unemployed and required to send off 40 applications per month, why not send a few of them to the offices of the Liberal Party MPs and Senators? Let them bask in the wonderful warm glow of helping a fellow Australian in their campaign to assist in their share of the heavy lifting for this economy… when they can see their desk, or their email inbox again.

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Comment on Otterday! And Open Thread by Megpie71 http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140726.17067/otterday-and-open-thread-293/comment-page-1/#comment-257425 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:38:00 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17067#comment-257425 Lauredhel @3 – Yeah, it’s about that level. I’m enduring it because at least at the other end, I get a piece of paper saying I’m capable of showing up at these things, writing down the answers from the screen (no kidding – we get the answers to the assessment questions given to us virtually as dictation), and not murdering the trainer out of sheer frustrated intellectual capacity. Oh, and it says I have the basic skills needed to perform administrative work in today’s employment environment, which is a big plus.

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Comment on Media Circus: Hockeynomics edition by Megpie71 http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140728.17090/media-circus-hockeynomics-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-257424 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:33:02 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17090#comment-257424 Further note: the current government lies to the public as a matter of course. It’s not even policy – it’s just reflexive. On top of which, they can’t keep their lies straight. It’s getting to the point where I’m not willing to take their word on basics such as “sky blue, water wet” without double or triple checking.

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Comment on Media Circus: Hockeynomics edition by Megpie71 http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140728.17090/media-circus-hockeynomics-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-257423 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:28:16 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17090#comment-257423 My question is, of course, where are they going to find all the work-for-the-dole jobs they’re going to need to keep the ever-growing ranks of unemployed busy doing make-work? I have a suspicion: they’re going to make it possible for anyone earning at or above a certain level (let’s say $200,000 per household per annum) to “hire” one or more work-for-the-dole participants to perform duties such as domestic cleaning, cooking, dish washing, shoe polishing, general household maintenance, gardening chores, waiting on the household and their guests, child care, and so on, all at a reduced rate. Thus the Liberal party will be able to sit back, and realise they have achieved the completion of a major plank in their long-term political platform. Namely: doing something about The Servant Problem, and we will have managed to make history come full circle.

Looking forward to Mr Abbot bringing back the Workhouses next. Maybe a treadmill for the persistent unemployed (we can say it’s an initiative to deal with the obesity epidemic).

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Comment on Media Circus: Hockeynomics edition by SunlessNick http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140728.17090/media-circus-hockeynomics-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-257421 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:13:48 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17090#comment-257421 Apply for 40 jobs a month? Seriously? People are going to have to apply for jobs for which they have neither the skills or expertise. What’s the point of that?

If this is anything like the government here in the UK, to humiliate them.

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Comment on Media Circus: Hockeynomics edition by Megpie71 http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140728.17090/media-circus-hockeynomics-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-257422 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:13:47 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17090#comment-257422 40 jobs a month equals 10 jobs a week, or 2 jobs per working day, every day. The current maximum is 10 jobs a fortnight (1 per working day).

The assumption this government appears to be running on is this: anyone who is unemployed is looking for work at the lower end of the range of available jobs. They’re unskilled, uneducated, barely literate, and only fit to earn minimum wage. They’re only fitted to apply for jobs which essentially require warm bodies capable of moving about (brain optional). There is nobody unemployed in Australia at present who is even vaguely capable of applying for and getting a job which requires education, intelligence, or the ability to complete a statement to selection criteria. Therefore they don’t need much time to be filling out applications, and they can easily belt out ten of them around 25 hours per week of working for the dole.

Given the only reason I don’t apply for jobs which require a statement to selection criteria is that I’m lousy at writing the things (they ping off a lot of my insecurities and neuroses) I leave the accuracy of the government’s assumptions as an exercise for the reader.

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Comment on Media Circus: Hockeynomics edition by tigtog http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140728.17090/media-circus-hockeynomics-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-257419 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:39:09 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17090#comment-257419 Ben Eltham writes about this at New Matilda: Work For The Dole Doesn’t Work And Never Has

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Comment on Media Circus: Hockeynomics edition by eilish http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140728.17090/media-circus-hockeynomics-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-257415 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:39:25 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17090#comment-257415 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-28/government-reveals-details-of-dole-overhaul/5627660

Apply for 40 jobs a month? Seriously? People are going to have to apply for jobs for which they have neither the skills or expertise. What’s the point of that?

We have heard from Megpie how the current rules add stress and difficulties to an already hard situation. They want to make it worse?

I long for the day buying my vote becomes a priority, and suddenly socialist/environmental policy announcements become de rigueur.

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Comment on Media Circus: Hockeynomics edition by eilish http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140728.17090/media-circus-hockeynomics-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-257409 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:20:03 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17090#comment-257409 Love First Dog. His one about the IDF ringing up the people they are about to bomb was a beaut, too.

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Comment on Otterday! And Open Thread by Jezery http://hoydenabouttown.com/20140726.17067/otterday-and-open-thread-293/comment-page-1/#comment-257405 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:44:24 +0000 http://hoydenabouttown.com/?p=17067#comment-257405 In last week’s Otterday, Jo Tamar recommended a book called “Girt: The unathorised history of Australia” by David Hunt.

I grabbed it from the library and read it over the weekend. I heartily endorse her recommedation. It is hilarious, but underlying that is some serious research. I think he learnt the use of footnotes from Terry Pratchett.

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