Longman MP hits back at government's 'dole bludger' report

Longman MP Susan Lamb hits back at the government's welfare recipients report.
Longman MP Susan Lamb hits back at the government's welfare recipients report. Contributed

Member for Longman Susan Lamb has slammed the Turnbull Government for reports that Caboolture had the highest rates of welfare non-compliance in Australia.

She said less than 5% of Caboolture's unemployed are non-compliant, meaning 95% of those looking for work meet or exceed their obligations.

"This is nothing but a diversionary tactic to shift people's anger towards welfare recipients and away from the cause - this Government's abysmal job creation efforts," she said.

"Not only are almost all recipients compliant, they are compliant in a system that is failing.

"Under Alan Tudge, 43 million Centrelink calls go unanswered; in fact, my office is regularly contacted for help from people trying to meet their obligations but can't get through.

"Just this morning, a parent called my office concerned about his young, unemployed daughter not receiving the level of support she needs to help her get the skills required to land a decent job.

"While people in Caboolture are crying out for a solution to the barriers to employment in Caboolture, we're seeing a devastating cut of $637 million to TAFE and apprenticeships in this year's Budget.

"The Liberal Party is blaming jobseekers for not being compliant, but they can't get in contact with Centrelink; they're saying jobseekers aren't doing enough to ready themselves for work, so they cut funding to TAFE and apprenticeships.

"Malcolm Turnbull needs to own up and take responsibility for the issues surrounding unemployment in Caboolture and actually work with the community to resolve them, not work against them.

"Instead of investing in TAFE and apprenticeships, creating jobs and helping people to find work they would rather give a $65 billion tax cut to big businesses and millionaires. Their priorities are just all wrong."

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