A bonus that’s just a big fat waste of everyone’s time
How would you define a bonus? Odds are it’d be more than a couple of gold coins a week.
Bu that’s the sum and total of the Federal Government’s recently announced “battler’s bonus” – that’s an additional dole payment of four dollars per week to some of the country’s poorest people.
Four dollars is an insulting amount of money. It shows no genuine regard for the realities of the expensive cost of living in this country. In fact, it’s completely worthless.
Here’s a quick calculation: four dollars per week works out to be approximately .57c a day. Name one thing you can buy for that kind of money these days. A thirty cent cone at McDonalds, a local call via the phonebox and a packet of home brand cleaning cloths are the only things that spring to mind.
But who does that actually help? If the Government was serious about providing assistance to people already struggling on the dole, it would be better off offering some kind of practical and life-affirming service. How about a course in financial planning, or a meeting with a careers counsellor, doctor or just some other professional who could help them add value to their life.
They might even consider taking a leaf from America’s book and offering food stamps and discounted petrol vouchers in place of extra money, so that people don’t blow their dole on cigarettes, booze or the dreaded pokies.
Four dollars is just waste of time because it won’t contribute anything to a person’s chances of improving their life.
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