working for the dole … it works

The Abbott Government’s recently announced Work for the Dole scheme was slammed by the usual commentators from the left, like Graham Richardson on Sky News, Unions and Labor politicians. “Wont work, never has” they yelled. They are so full of Focus on young jobless in Abbott government’s ‘enhanced’ work for

The ACTU has lashed the federal government for planning an “enhanced” work-for-the-dole program, warning

It’s better called ‘mutual obligation’, and it works.

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harvesting grass seed

I have been supervising WFD and Green Corps projects now for nearly 14 years, and have achieved major successes in both providing and finding paid jobs, and greening the environment. I can place 50 positions immediately the new policy becomes effective, where none of the activities would get done by paid workers, but the region would be better off.

Projects done here in the Kimberley have  improved the environment extraordinarily, landscaped and greened the suburbs, eliminated weeds in parks and bushland, from Kununurra to Onslow and Newman and every town in between. These towns and communities and mining companies have had the benefit of native seedlings supplied from Broome. Broome’s Aged Care facility has also benefited.

Pandanus palm seedlings

Pandanus palm seedlings

Now an indigenous organization is taking over and expanding operations, starting a new business, employing participants and working to bring  healthy streets to Kimberley and Pilbara towns. The sale of seedlings helps to cover much of the costs involved such as water power and administration. A large number of participants are now in full or part time employment.Cnv0024

We now have participants who volunteer to join up, they enjoy the activities, are not harassed or given ‘humbug’ in their overcrowded accommodation and benefit from training offered during their placement.

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Seedlings grown into large trees and shrubs by Work for the Dole ,,,

Some are well passed 50, some part disabled, and find it almost impossible to find jobs, but our activities cater for everyone who wants to pass the time helping collect and process seeds, eliminate weeds, sow the seeds, grow seedlings and landscape public verges. Of course, removing rubbish is part of it, which Labor politicians mocked. Get a life.

The Green Corps needs bringing back too after Labor canned the project. What Labor did instead was throw billions of taxpayer money down the tubes of carbon lies and globull warming boondoggles.

It's not all hard work, the camaraderie is a great boon to activities, here's a sausage sizzle for lunch ...

It’s not all hard work, the camaraderie is a great boon to activities, here’s a sausage sizzle for lunch … the cook is now a fully qualified diesel mechanic.

We have achieved much than they have, and just on the ‘smell of an oily rag’ from the taxpayer.

Here in Broome, we can cater for any expansion usefully, and other regions around Australia could easily use us as a template. Abbott government set to revive and expand work-for-dole scheme

The Liberal Government’s tough new plan will again make work-for-the-dole compulsory and anyone who

Work-for-the-dole could be expanded into aged care homes – ABC

All the above links contain photos, same taken from cameras purchased for participants. Just click to enlarge.

Green Corps and volunteers heading out at dawn to measure sea grass beds at low tide:

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Harvesting fruit dropped on ground …

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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