Pauline Hanson has urged those living in Australia who are receiving unemployment assistance to “get off their backsides” and begin looking for a job in light of the difficulty that businesses are having in recruiting new workers.
Her words came at a time when the Labor administration in Australia was mulling over whether or not to allow 200,000 skilled workers to assist in addressing skill gaps.
Hanson, on the other hand, stated that it is time for people living in Australia on welfare to seize those opportunities during an interview that aired last night on Sky News.
Senator Hanson was quoted as saying, “I guess it’s over a million people or almost a million people who are sitting on the dole and taking the dole, and I’d like to see a lot of them get off their behinds and go and start working.”
Senator Hanson proposed that people receiving unemployment benefits who are able to work should only be eligible for such benefits for two years out of every five years. This would encourage people who are able to work to find employment.
“Rather than importing workers to take Australian jobs, One Nation believes in investing in a home-grown trained Australian workforce to meet the needs of industry and businesses,” Hanson said. “This will satisfy the demands of industry and businesses.”
In the midst of a severe labour and skills gap in our economy, there are about 950,000 people in Australia collecting unemployment benefits.
According to Hanson, several of them have been jobless for an extended period of time despite the fact that they are both physically and psychologically capable of working.
Some people have been without jobs for generations.