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When it comes to jobs, Australian values and political leadership are at odds

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I hate the phrase "job snobs." It's evocative language that continues to paint the job seeker as the villain in the capitalist picture of employment struggles. If the Department of Home Affairs is to be believed, then we, as a nation, hold values that respect the "freedom and dignity of the individual ... [and embrace] mutual respect, tolerance, fair play and compassion for those in need."

Yet this is rarely if ever shared with those experiencing unemployment. Where is the dignity in calling people job snobs like The Australian did on October 10? Where is the embrace of mutual respect in calling them the "taxed and the taxed nots"? Where is the freedom in seeking employment where our skills, aptitudes and passions lie?

Our Australian values and our political leadership are at odds with one another.

But is this disparity truly surprising? With our leaders calling for welfare payments to be stopped for people expressing their right to protest, with the indignity of the Indue cashless debit card, the profiling and stereotyping of the drug testing for welfare recipients and the robodebt debacle, I don't think I can say I........

© Canberra Times