Ben Fordham criticises ‘lazy’ welfare recipients

Ben Fordham criticises ‘lazy’ welfare recipients


Ben Fordham, a radio broadcaster, has lashed out at “lazy” welfare claimants who refuse to work despite there being 480,000 job opportunities and a pressing need for additional foreign labour.

Fordham told his 2GB listeners on Friday morning that “there are many individuals getting these payments who truly want to work, who want nothing more than a job.”

However, there are some who are capable of working; they claim to be seeking for employment but believe they will not succeed.

Either they’re too indolent or staying home is too convenient for them, according to this statement.

Pensioners, individuals with disabilities, and veterans all get welfare payments, making up one in every 26 Australians.

892,000 of them are in receipt of unemployment benefits including JobSeeker and Youth Allowance.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ most recent data, there were 480,000 jobs available nationwide in May.

Businesses now cry for employees, and when jobs go unfilled, we are forced to bring in large numbers of foreign labour, according to Fordham.

According to Fordham, the average period of unemployment for assistance users is five years, and 80% of them are categorised as long-term jobless.

“Unfortunately, some of them have grown up in a setting where this is common,” he added.

Nearly to $30 billion in JobSeeker and Youth Allowance Centrelink payments are made to the government each year, making up 15% of the entire cost of assistance in the country.

It happens as the payback schedule for the thousands of Australians affected by the floods who were permitted to postpone their Centrelink debt responsibilities is about to begin.

Residents in places affected by subsequent floods, such as those in Australia’s east in May and June, may need to start making their repayments as early as October 1.

Services Australia has taken action to reassure individuals that they are not required to pay back their debt “all at once.”

The statement said, “Most customers set up a payment schedule and reimburse it over time.”


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