1 June 2022, Crikey, Cam Wilson. Access the full article here.

For unemployed workers who are soon to be included in a new mutual obligation scheme, there’s no honeymoon period for the Albanese government.

Undeterred by a drizzly Sydney day, a group of protesters led by the Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union (AUWU) gathered at the new Minister for Employment Tony Burke’s electorate office in Punchbowl on Friday. 

The office was closed, foiling attempts to hand over a petition with 30,000 signatures supporting their cause. That didn’t stop protesters from addressing their concerns at the incoming minister and the new government’s revamped welfare mutual obligations

They wanted to talk to us in opposition. Now they’re in government they don’t even want to know us.

– Tracey Smallwood

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