Should those on welfare be subjected to tighter controls?
AUSTRALIA has always prided itself on being the land of the fair go, but how far do we really have to go in giving those who don't want to work a free ride?
The Daily Telegraph reports that the rate at which people are being rejected for a disability pension is at it's highest in a decade.
While no-one argues that people with a genuine disability needs support, not everyone who applies for the $782 a fortnight scheme should get it.
On Monday after publishing the latest Watercooler, we asked our Facebook readers; should those on welfare be subjected to tighter controls on what they can spend their money on?
The post reached nearly 3,000 people and we received an overwhelming response to the hot topic.
Here are a few of the comments we received:
Tai Puhi Tamihana: Tighter Controls? Seriously? If Abbott & his Libs didn't outsource, sell off, shut down, and stopped allowing low wage workers tied up in foreign investments and off shore deals to take jobs, there would be plenty of employment to go around.
Fern Morgan: I think those that test positive for drugs should go onto a program where they only receive 30% of their welfare in the bank. Those who test positive could receive Centrelink credit cards that have money on them, but can only be used at supermarkets, fuel stations and chemists, can't withdraw cash and can't be used to buy smokes or booze. Rent would be taken out of their benefit before the money goes onto the card, much like salary sacrifice. Then, they have to test negative for drugs 3 times in 12 months to go back to receiving their full benefit in the bank.
Anne Gilbert: I think their money should be spent on food rent etc. but it's amazing how many smoke and gamble then go to vinnies to get food vouchers. We tax payers are paying for this.
Rebekka Charles: I don't agree with stopping them buying cigarettes but drugs yes for sure. I'm not a smoker anymore but I used to be.
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