Conservative broadcaster Alan Jones DEMANDS Aussies on the dole start working NOW to save Australia


Alan Jones DEMANDS Aussies on the dole start working NOW as the country faces a labour shortage: ‘Why don’t they put up their hand and contribute?’

  • Alan Jones has addressed Australia’s nationwide labour shortage on his program
  • The broadcaster questioned why jobless Aussies weren’t filling job vacancies
  • He said foreign workers are being held back by the ‘gridlocked’ visa process 

Alan Jones has called on Australians on welfare payments to step up and work as employers struggle to find staff to fill key positions.

The broadcaster spoke about staffing shortages during his nightly program on the digital streaming service ADH TV on Tuesday.

‘Wherever I turn I’m confronted by businesses large and small throwing their arms up in the air and arguing they can’t get staff,’ Jones began.

Broadcaster Alan Jones (pictured) has addressed rampant staff shortages across Australia and urged the government to fix the 'gridlocked' visa process to bring back foreign workers

Broadcaster Alan Jones (pictured) has addressed rampant staff shortages across Australia and urged the government to fix the ‘gridlocked’ visa process to bring back foreign workers 

‘And it’s not business-specific, it’s everywhere. Australians can’t get workers.’

‘Today, we learn that Sydney City is in the midst of a garbage collection crisis. Uncollected bins and rubbish piling up throughout the city. Vermin-infested rubbish. The problem? Staff shortages.’ 

‘Where are the Australians who are on welfare?’ he said. 

‘Why don’t they put up their hand and contribute?’

‘Businesses cannot keep going on with this nationwide labour shortage.’

The former radio host said he's been 'confronted' by both small and large business owners who cannot find staff

The former radio host said he’s been ‘confronted’ by both small and large business owners who cannot find staff

Jones questioned why jobless Australians weren't putting their hands up to fill vacancies (pictured, stock image)

Jones questioned why jobless Australians weren’t putting their hands up to fill vacancies (pictured, stock image) 

Jones asserted in the video that the labour shortage had become a ‘consequence’ of the ‘necessary closure of our borders’ during the Covid pandemic.

But since international borders reopened six months ago, Jones said the ‘capacity to manage international people entering Australia’ has entered a ‘state of gridlock’. 

‘People require visas. The department of home affairs, as the visa authority, and the Australian border force, which manages our airports, faced budget cuts in the March budget. How smart was that?’

‘The movement of skilled permanent residents is about half the level it was before the start of the pandemic.’

‘There is simply critical labour shortages, and international movements haven’t recovered to the extent those shortages are being addressed,’ he added.

The broadcaster then turned his attention to the government and what it was doing to remedy shortages and the ‘gridlocked’ visa process. 

He claimed that the nationwide labour shortage is a result of the closure of international borders during the pandemic (pictured, stock image)

He claimed that the nationwide labour shortage is a result of the closure of international borders during the pandemic (pictured, stock image)

Immigration minister Andrew Giles (pictured) has committed to clearing out the backlog of visa applications still being processed

Immigration minister Andrew Giles (pictured) has committed to clearing out the backlog of visa applications still being processed 

Both prime minster Anthony Albanese and immigration minister Andrew Giles have committed to clearing the backlog of applications, re-assigning public servants to processing and developing a new visa system.

But Jones claimed the process is too slow and the system requires urgent fixing.  

‘There are allegedly almost half a million job vacancies, but tens of thousands of unresolved visa applications,’ he said.

‘It takes from between 30 days to more than 15 months to process an SC482 temporary visa.’

‘A short-term temporary-skilled visa takes 83 days to finalise, but a quarter of the applications are taking at least one year to process.’ 

Read the ridiculous resumes employers are being bombarded with because of Centrelink rules 

New Centrelink rules will ‘not have a great effect’ in stopping welfare cheats from applying for jobs they aren’t qualified for to keep their benefits, a recruitment agency boss has warned. 

Graham Wynn, boss of Australian and NZ firm Superior People Recruitment, told Daily Mail Australia that the benefits system is ‘broken’ and said the Labor government’s incoming points-based structure will not tackle the issues. 

Under the current Centrelink system, applicants are required to apply for 20 jobs a month to keep their welfare payments. 

That has resulted in employers being bombarded with often ridiculous bogus resumes from welfare cheats trying to rort the system.

Some examples obtained by Daily Mail Australia include a jobseeker who admitted running their own business but confessed ‘I need to be on Centrelink’. Another CV went into detail about an applicant’s medical history, including a recent hernia. 

However, from July 1, Labor’s new Points Based Activation System (PBAS) will be brought in. It won’t force people to apply for 20 different positions, and instead will allow JobSeeker recipients to receive payments if they accumulate 100 points per month. 

Mr Wynn, whose company processes hundreds of applications a day, says the new system will have little impact in tackling welfare cheats. 

People queue up outside a Centrelink office in Melbourne. Under the old Centrelink system, applicants are required to apply for 20 jobs a month to keep their benefits. From July 1, the new Points Based Activation System (PBAS) will be brought in

People queue up outside a Centrelink office in Melbourne. Under the old Centrelink system, applicants are required to apply for 20 jobs a month to keep their benefits. From July 1, the new Points Based Activation System (PBAS) will be brought in

Graham Wynn, boss of Australian and NZ firm Superior People Recruitment, told Daily Mail Australia that the benefits system is 'broken' and said the new Labor changes would not solve the problems

Graham Wynn, boss of Australian and NZ firm Superior People Recruitment, told Daily Mail Australia that the benefits system is ‘broken’ and said the new Labor changes would not solve the problems

A recruitment firm shared examples of some of the resumes they'd received with Daily Mail Australia. This resume was blank and contained just personal details

A recruitment firm shared examples of some of the resumes they’d received with Daily Mail Australia. This resume was blank and contained just personal details

This bizarre application listed how the jobseeker suffered a stroke, double hernia and knee rehabilitation

This bizarre application listed how the jobseeker suffered a stroke, double hernia and knee rehabilitation 

This cover letter showed someone admitting to owning their own business but still applying for jobs so they can get benefits

This cover letter showed someone admitting to owning their own business but still applying for jobs so they can get benefits

An anonymous recruitment firm also shared examples of some of the bogus applications it had received.

One application was for a car sales advisor role but the applicant’s CV only had plumbing experience.

Another application was from an apologetic jobseeker who said they had their own business but were ‘required’ to apply for roles to get their benefits. 

A third person’s resume was blank and simply contained their name and address with references available on request. 

Discussing the problems with Centrelink, Mr Wynn said: ‘Self-reporting is the biggest issue. Before, you had to meet face-to-face with someone from Centrelink to ensure the applications you were making were legit. 

‘That changed and the government saved money with the online system during the pandemic so now there are no face-to-face meetings. There is no oversight. I had one person apply to 20 jobs in one day and he wasn’t qualified for any. 

‘The new points system won’t change anything. It doesn’t tackle the problems of self-reporting and lack of oversight.’

Under PBAS, a person can get five points for every job application they submit, and 20 points for an interview, with varying points given for other employment-related activities.

The new system will allow some recipients to have their monthly targets reduced under personal circumstances, and if people get more than 100 points in one month, the remainder will be carried over.

About 169,000 participants will transition to an online portal to manage their job searches, while another 592,000 will be referred to a new face-to-face employment service provider.

The change comes after it was previously revealed six-worded applications and anti-vaxxer ramblings are among the resumes welfare rorters are deliberately handing in to recruitment agencies to avoid employment.

One resume received by a recruitment firm simply read: ‘I don’t have a resume atm.’

Another person wrote in their application: ‘I am fulfilling my jobseeker requirements by applying for this role.’

Another fake resume said he had ‘made it 10th grade’ and that he has ‘absolutely no skills whatsoever’. 

In May, a dole recipient shared how he applied for 15 jobs in just three minutes in order to abide by Centrelink’s rules. 

This jobseeker's impersonal cover letter makes no mention of any job or role they are looking at

This jobseeker’s impersonal cover letter makes no mention of any job or role they are looking at

This resume lists the applicant's history in plumbing - but the resume was for a car sales job

This resume lists the applicant’s history in plumbing – but the resume was for a car sales job

Sydney-based music producer ‘Mumfighter’ posted a video to his social media accounts last month showing how he meets government requirements for the JobSeeker payment. 

Mumfighter filmed a video where he challenged himself to send 15 job applications in eight minutes – and claims in the clip that he actually smashed out in three minutes and 22 seconds. 

The former pro rollerblader and rollerblade instructor said he made the video for fun as he likes to ‘pretend to do things faster than the average human’ and normally takes the task much more seriously. 

‘In reality applying for jobs normally takes me anywhere from 1-3 hours depending on if I need to rewrite my resume slightly and how much I’m being hindered by my ADHD,’ Mumfighter told Daily Mail Australia at the time. 

 

Advertisement

Source

Related posts