Job ser­vice makes no sense

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial -

The story of Tom, who has schizophre­nia, shows how peo­ple with men­tal ill­ness con­tinue to be de­val­ued (“Not work­ing”, Fe­bru­ary 18-24). Tom was de­val­ued by the em­ploy­ment agency, his em­ployer and the gov­ern­ment dis­abil­ity ser­vice that en­dorsed this rort. This flawed and coun­ter­pro­duc­tive sys­tem re­duces the per­son to $10,000 and re­wards the em­ployer for ter­mi­nat­ing the em­ployee when the sub­sidy runs out. Evil is treat­ing an­other per­son as an ob­ject and not as “you”.

– Mark Porter, New Lambton, NSW

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