"The Morrison government’s JobMaker hiring-subsidy scheme has passed the
Parliament – rushed through after its measures aimed at getting
unemployed Australians under 35 back into work were subjected to a very
short inquiry by the Senate Economics Legislation Committee.
Multiple submissions, including Per Capita’s, noted the focus on younger
Australians likely to experience long-term economic scarring due to high
levels of unemployment early in their careers was welcome, but should
not have come at the expense of support for older workers.
Amendments that would have protected employees over 35 being sacked in
favour of subsidised younger workers, and to increase the transparency
and parliamentary accountability of the scheme, were opposed by the
government and eventually voted down in the Senate after a
characteristic backflip by One Nation.
Older workers will now almost certainly be disadvantaged by the
implementation of JobMaker, especially women who will be hoping to
return to part-time jobs in retail and hospitality as economic activity
picks up. They have now been effectively priced out of the market.
But there are more significant problems with the approach to job
creation embodied in the JobMaker hiring subsidy, which is aimed at
remedying the impact of COVID-19 and ensuing economic collapse.
While wage subsidies are a tried and tested method of encouraging
private sector employment growth, the scheme is aimed solely at the
number of jobs created, rather than their quality."
Neoliberalism strikes again.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics