Boost for Northern Australian unemployed

Northern Australians will be big winners from Tony Abbotts announcement of cash bonuses to get unemployed Australians off welfare and into work.

Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition Spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia, said that unemployed young people in the North would benefit particularly from the announcement as, all too often, the tyranny of distance and remoteness discouraged them from relocating to find work.

This plan for a Job Commitment Bonus Payment will help them with the expense of relocating and help to motivate them to stay in a job once they have it, Senator Macdonald said.

It will also help with the stability of iconic Northern Australian businesses like tourism and the hospitality industry.

The plan provides for young Australians between the ages of 18 and 30 who have been unemployed for 12 months or more and are on Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance to receive $2,500 if they get a job and remain off welfare for a continuous period of 12 months. A further payment of $4000 will be paid if they remain in a job and off welfare for a continuous period of 24 months.

These payments will provide a real incentive for young Northerners who have been unemployed long term to find a paid job and stay in it, Senator Macdonald said.

In addition, the Coalition will offer financial help to unemployed people to relocate which will be particularly beneficial to Northern Australia where distances are great and the cost of relocating can be daunting.

These measures will help get people off welfare and into jobs, and the Coalition plans, if elected, to create one million new jobs over the next five years and two million jobs over the next decade

This assistance for relocation and for bonus payments will allow Northern Australians to take advantage of these new jobs and reduce unemployment across the North, Senator Macdonald.

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