27 August 2022, Guardian Australia, Malcom Farr. Access the full article here.

Next week’s jobs summit seems like an opportune time to raise questions around the effectiveness of the privatised employment industry

The government is about to launch what it hopes will be a rescue mission to relieve an understaffed and inflation-battered economy.

Discussions on what tumbril ministry collector Scott Morrison best fits will become a diminished priority as attention turns to fitting Australians into work.

On 1 and 2 September, the jobs and skills summit will bring together about 100 people from business and labour groups, welfare organisations, at least two billionaires, and politicians.

For too long, people who’ve been looking for paid work have been blamed for being unemployed rather than actively and positively supported to find jobs

– Edwina MacDonald, ACOSS Deputy CEO

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The Punishment for Profit report is based on hundreds of responses to surveys conducted by the Antipoverty Centre. This research is ongoing. If you are in Workforce Australia, Disability Employment Services or a similar program, we welcome any information you are able to share about your experiences.

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