Ir­ri­tated by MP

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

I WAS hugely ir­ri­tated to see a Face­book post from Ge­orge Chris­tensen in re­sponse to con­cerns from his con­stituents.

His re­sponse to con­stituents con­cerned about the gov­ern­ments sug­ges­tion that the un­em­ployed need to ap­ply for 40 jobs per month was: “in yes­ter­day's lo­cal news­pa­per, more than 40 jobs are listed, of which more than a dozen do not re­quire any ex­pe­ri­ence at all”. This is dis­mis­sive, in­sen­si­tive, ar­ro­gant and com­pletely with­out em­pa­thy and cer­tainly not at a level I ex­pect from my fed­eral MP .

Also, ‘lo­cal’ does he mean Mackay? I as­sume so be­cause I am not sure he gets up here much and ap­par­ently has no idea how dif­fi­cult it can be in a small town if you are un­em­ployed.

I ac­knowl­edge there are per­haps some who have lit­tle or no in­ter­est in work­ing but what about the hard work­ing mum and dad’s who have lost their job through no fault of their own?

These peo­ple are vot­ers and will re­mem­ber such cal­lous and dis­mis­sive com­ments.

Ad­di­tion­ally, what about the em­ploy­ers who will need to process large num­bers of job ap­pli­ca­tions from per­sons ei­ther un­in­ter­ested, un­qual­i­fied or un­suit­able? Em­ploy­ers and gen­uine job seek­ers need more prac­ti­cal help – not more red tape and pa­per­work.

Jim Sher­ring­ton CAN­NON­VALE

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