Link: “Australia’s Unemployment System Is a Marketized, Bureaucratic Nightmare”

Original post found at: https://jacobin.com/2022/09/unemployment-system-jobseeker-skills-benefits-ces-privatization-alp/

Good article about the history of Australia’s CES, which – during an era in which full employment was considered a good thing – once upon a time existed to help find appropriate work for all job-seekers. During the neoliberal era, suddenly it became considered preferable to maintain a pool of ruthlessly oppressed unemployed people to weaken workers’ bargaining power, and so the Labor governments of the 1980s dismantled the CES. Never forget: mass unemployment and poverty are political choices, not natural states of being 🙃

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