Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has now released the latest Intergenerational Report, which looks at population and budget projections to 2055. It states that economic reform is "crucial" if living standards are to be improved. The report also argues that older people in general – and women in particular – should be more involved in paid employment.
COTA NSW affirms the right of all Australians to have access to paid work. However, an enormous amount of change needs to occur before older workers have access to a level playing field when it comes to employment
“Age discrimination is alive and well,” says Ian Day, CEO of COTA NSW, noting that “25% of those on the Newstart job seekers’ allowance are over 50. Despite their best efforts, many of them remain on Newstart for years, living in very precarious circumstances until becoming eligible for the age pension. It’s senseless to urge older workers to look for work unless measures are being implemented to create workplaces that are age-blind.”
For more on the COTA response to the latest Intergenerational report, click here.
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