A news report in The Age states “New Social Services Minister Scott Morrison shows his colours.”
This is the new warm and cuddly Scott Morrison who want to avoid “combat” in his new portfolio. His aim, he says is ” to inspire young people and get them to “engage” with the workforce.”
This indicates that Morrison sees the problem as being “young people”. He clearly does not see the fact that unemployment rates, and in particular youth unemployment rates, are the highest for 13 years ( when, apparently Tony Abbott was Minister for Employment).
This is only one step away from the “dole bludgers” argument and is a continuation of the constant demonising of minority groups in Australian society by members of the Abbott government.
Wouldn’t it be great if Morrison stood up and said “What we need to do, as a government, is to stimulate the economy to a point where all young people who wish to have a job are able to find employment.”
But that would mean shouldering some of the responsibility for the political and economic situation in Australia and Abbott has made it quite clear that “good government begins today” does not involve accepting responsibility.