Pick Up Your Bed And WORK2 June 2011
I was going to write today about how pleased I am to read via my blog and emails that there are people in this country who feel that Australia has moral obligations and that they want to be citizens of a nation that does the right thing.
HOWEVER, I was stopped in my tracks this morning by the headline in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and felt the urge to put fingers to keyboard immediately on a different topic.
“ARMY OF SHIRKERS”
This is how the D.T, describes those people drawing disability pensions. What on earth possessed them to pick this target wasn’t clear but they’ve probably managed to:
1. Influence the able-bodied members of this country to see those non-working people with disabilities as a bunch of free-loaders who should get off their lazy backsides and get a job.
2. Make disability pensioners feel like worthless, non-contributing members of society.
3. Discourage those who are entitled to apply for a disability pension for fear that they will be viewed as work-shy spongers.
Good job, Daily Telegraph.
I am quite sure that there are people drawing a disability pension who aren’t entitled to one – no welfare scheme is perfect and some will slip through the net. Whether this number is in single fingers, hundreds or thousands I don’t know . . . . but neither does the Daily Telegraph. The departments responsible for allowing an application have a duty to ensure that everything is done to weed out fraudulent applicants.
It is NOT the job of the Government, public servants OR THE DAILY TELEGRAPH to make a person with a disability feel like a lesser member of society or a shirker.