Tony Abbott has a plan which would end skills shortages in the resources sector:
TONY Abbott has proposed banning the dole for people under 30 in a bid to entice the unemployed to head west and fill massive skill shortages in the booming resources sector.
This is yet another thought bubble, not yet policy, but an idea Abbott threw on the table at a meeting with business representatives.
It sums up Abbott’s reflexes – punitive populism in the service of capital.
It also sums up Abbott’s gender lens – I wonder if he stopped for an instant to consider how many young women are employed in the mining industry.
Elsewhere: John Quiggin.
Update: Hoyden About Town.