Coalition’s plan to move more into jobs

UNEMPLOYED people could be paid up to $9000 to move to regional areas for work under a Coalition jobs plan released yesterday.

The uncosted policy would give unemployed people $6000 to move from major cities to regional areas, with an extra $3000 for those with families.

But it would also give $3000 to move from regions to capital cities for work.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott released details of the policy which he said would reverse "rising unemployment" under the current Government.

He said he saw the cash payments "not as a handout, but as a hand-up" for the long-term unemployed.

The policy also aims to get more young people in work by paying them $4000 if they hold down a job and stay off welfare for 24 months straight.

It will also give those aged 18 to 30 a bonus $2500 to hold down a job for a year, providing a total of $6500 to young unemployed people.

While the policy said it would cost only $75 million to implement, if only half of the 60,000 unemployed young Australians took advantage of the scheme, the government would face a bill of $1.95 billion.

The relocation payments would only be available for those who have been on Newstart or the Youth Allowance for more than a year.



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