Thursday, 3 January 2013
As amusing as it might be living on the dole
As amusing as it might be for MPs to 'take the challenge' of living on welfare benefits for a week, perhaps surviving is a better word. It begs the question that poverty for the poor will not be over in a week.
They will not be returning to their secure housing, their modern cars and their superannuation. If they have a health crisis it is unlikely that they will be able to access the excellent private health care that we have. If a tooth cracks they will be lucky if they get seen within months let alone weeks.
Their children will not have the music, sport and other cultural amenities that are so necessary to full human development.
Surviving a week will not expose any of this, it will at best be a media circus we could do without.