Dole Doldrums

Against the backdrop of ongoing excessive executive pay packages, and the recent increase to federal politicians’ salaries, an OECD report has confirmed that in the Lucky Country even the unemployed are living high on the hog. 


It found that Australia’s unemployment benefit of $121.92 per week was the lowest in the developed world and $122 a week below the poverty line.

Now that’s a global record we can really be ashamed of, and it gives that lovely Aussie term ‘dole bludger’ some perspective in our nostalgic dreamland of mateship and a ‘fair go’.

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