"The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living" This was written by a 21 yr old female who gets it. It's her future she’s worried about and this is how she feels about the social welfare system that she’s being forced to live in! These solutions are just common sense in her opinion.

Put me in charge of Centrelink payments. I'd get rid of cash payments and provide vouchers for 50kg bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese, basic sanitary items and all the powdered milk you can use. If you want steak, burgers, takeaway and junk food, then get a job. Put me in charge of Medicare. The first thing I'd do is to get women to have birth control implants. Then, we'll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine. If you want to reproduce, use drugs, drink alcohol or smoke, then get a job. Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your "home" will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place. Put me in charge of compulsory job search. You will either search for employment each week no matter what the job or you will report for community work. This may be clearing the roadways and open spaces of rubbish, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your dooff dooff stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good..” Before you write that I've violated someone's rights, realise that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our hard earned cash and housing assistance, accept our rules.. Before you say that this would be "demeaning" and ruin someones "self esteem," consider that it wasn't that long ago that taking someone else's money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem. If we are expected to pay for other people's mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards those for continuing to make bad choices. And while you are on Centrelink income you no longer have the right to VOTE! For you to vote would be a conflict of interest..... If you want to vote, then get a job. Now, if you have the guts - PASS IT ON...

'This sounds great! Wow what a great way to stop all of those dole bludgers' - HOWEVER!

  • phone call* 'Due to economic downturn/downsizing/restructuring/we just plain don't like you, we will have to make you redundant from your job, there is no other option':

Now you have no income so you decide it is best to claim centerlink to support your family of 2-4 children while looking for more work, suddenly you are not allowed to vote in an election because that would be a conflict of interest. You also have to take whatever work you are given by the government (cleaning roads, graffiti, doing repairs, 'whatever we give you'). These jobs are completely irrelevant to any previous skills you have had and are trained for, and the pay is much worse than your career job that you just lost.

Due to your horribly reduced income you and your family are now forced to live in government housing. Your family must have all of their personal possessions inventoried. 'Luxuries' like big screen TV's and entertainment systems are seen as superfluous and are taken away (you had to sell them anyway to buy your way through next week since your wife has to get a birth control implant and both of you have to pay for regular drug screening just to prove that you aren't on the sauce, not that you could afford it, anyway).

Because you and your family are now so destitute, you are now suffering from severe depression and anxiety, however the mental health system in Australia is not really up to scratch and since you can't afford to see any doctors or psychiatrists you never make a proper recovery. Your children are moved to cheaper, lesser quality schools to help with mounting money problems and as a result will miss out on the chance at something like a bachelors degree level education and the opportunity for a high paying job.

Your life is ruined. Their life is ruined. It is all because the system let you down. An unfortunate circumstance left you in need, and the government system which exists to assist people in those times has instead put you to work in such a way that you will never recover from your economic situation. Instead of the benefits system seeing you as a person in need, it sees you as sub-human; a person who should be grateful to be getting any help at all.

APPLY similar situations to people who suffer workplace accidents, whose spouses have been killed at work or at war, couples who have separated because of mutual divorce or domestic violence and must raise their children as a single parent, people who obtain illnesses or disabilities in their later life (cancer and epilepsy just to name a couple).

Think of young AND old people - students struggling with the cost of living end up in debt try to make ends meet so seek government assistance, only to be told they must take the first job they are given no matter what - what if it doesn't cover their debts? Are they free to leave the work if they find something more suitable or relevant to their field of study? What if they don't own a car? What if they don't live near public transport?

When thinking of the elderly, they qualify as having the troubles of students AND the disabled - they have fuck all money and lots of health problems.

To say you would vote for this 'girl' (as if it matters who it is, I could pretend everything I just wrote came from someone else but I stand up for what I believe in), is insulting to anyone who has actually had to live through a real struggle. She hasn't got jack-shit figured out - her opinion is that people who don't make money shouldn't have a voice.