YOUR SAY: 'Pollies' public purse worse than unemployment benefits'
THOUSANDS of Australians are turning down jobs so they can live on Centrelink, as workers turn up their nose at physical jobs like picking fruit, some say.
Certain regions are even accused of having just as many on welfare as in actual employment, according to Human Services Minister Alan Tudge.
The Daily Telegraph reports that more than 35,000 Australians have turned down job offers or quit a new role to go back on the dole.
That included 22,000 who quit work to return to welfare payments, and 10,000 who were sacked for misconduct, which included unapproved leave from work.
"We are fortunate to have a strong social security system for when people are down on their luck, but it must be a safety net, not a destination,” Mr Tudge told News Corp.
We asked you whether you thought our unemployment benefits is scheme too soft? Here's what you said on Facebook:
Andy Lea - "I assume you are talking about the politicians who have ditched work to live on the public purse. In that case... 'Yes, they are to soft'”
Anthony James Johnstone - "Our politician benefit scheme is much worse! Run some stories on Canberra. Laying into unemployed and youth all the time is getting old.”
Catherine Alison - "No, our politician's retirement benefits are too soft.”
Mark Heuston - "The pollies failing to create job opportunities is what is soft.”
Raymond Sanderson - "I guess when they see politicians rort the system and getting life pensions lurk and perks as well as earning on top...”
Michael Gauci - "It's as soft as taxation on the super rich and multinationals!”
Gayle Button - "Oh please! Try living on any government benefit, then tell me how people are ditching work to live on the public purse!”
Krystle Dionysius - "So this seems to be about people who are being offered jobs whilst on payments and declining the position to stay on welfare. Sorry, but take the welfare away then. If people are genuinely applying and not getting anywhere then that's kind of no fault of their own. But why should I be paying them whilst I work when they sit at home.”