OPINION: Lack of drive to achieve is astounding

OPINION: I was recently talking to an elderly gentleman who is a social worker and what he said disturbed me.

The man in his 60s who is taking up a higher learning course at USQ said some of the children he mentored had no ambition.

He said the kids, below the ages of 17 had this idea in their mind that they would sit on the dole for the rest of their lives.

No desire to work and no real goals for the future. I shudder to think how many other young Australians think alike.

Are we a spoilt nation and are people taking advantage of the advantages we have here as opposed to other countries?

I am a strong supporter of the government's Work for the Dole program because in my opinion, nothing is for free.

I think the dole is a good support system for those in desperate need of help, but I think the reason why one goes to school is to become educated and learn skills to get a job in the future.

I admit, there is a shortage of jobs although the Fraser Coast region has improved slightly with the opening of Stockland and Spotlight, but if we keep trying, we will eventually get somewhere.

The most important thing I learned is to keep trying and never give up.

There will always be that one lucky door that opens if we try hard enough.

This is by no means an attack against those on the dole. It's just a scary thought to know that if we're on the dole, what examples are we setting for our kids?

The best feeling in the world is being able to achieve our dreams and goals and to be proud to say to people "I'm working and earning my own money".