Today's poll: What do you think about changes to the dole?

GLADSTONE residents are divided by Treasurer Joe Hockey's claim the budget will mark "the end of the age of entitlement".

In dramatic changes to the Newstart Allowance, the unemployed will be among the hardest hit.

Mandatory enrolment on the Work for Dole program will see people under 30 wait up to six months before getting unemployment benefits, and they then will have to participate in Work for the Dole to be eligible for income support.

Unemployed people under 25 will get Youth Allowance not Newstart. 

The changes, which will launch in January 2015, inspired strong emotions from both sides of the argument.

Gladstone resident Joe Ranch said it was about time handouts stopped.

"Kids these days are lazy and unmotivated," he said.

"Finally a government that wants to educate the younger generation that the dole is not an income. Good on them."

Conversely, it is feared youth unemployment will become a socio-economic crisis as a result of the implementations.

"How are those without jobs meant to feed and clothe themselves?" asked local Susanne Crichon.

"It's a really scary policy.

"It's going to drive the younger generations from rural areas and I think it will have a massive impact on the mental health of our youth too."

Ms Crichon said the strict, new policy would likely mean young adults would rely more on their parents.

What do you think about changes to the dole announced in the budget?

This poll ended on 20 June 2014.

Current Results

They're just another part of the budget that attacks the poor

21%

I don't know how the unemployed are meant to live without help for six months

40%

I think it's a good thing. There are jobs out there if people are prepared to work

12%

I agree that it's time to cut back on handouts

25%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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