Labor's Ed Husic signals step back from Work for the Dole

Media reports, including The Guardian and the ABC, have been following comments made by Ed Husic, Labor’s employment spokesman, that suggest the Opposition may dump Work for the Dole if it wins office. 

This follows the release of data in Senate Estimates last week showing that only 27 per cent of people were employed three months after taking part in the controversial program.

While Work for the Dole has both supporters and detractors, the death of a participant in April 2016 and ongoing concerns about safety, including sites contaminated with asbestos, have kept it in the spotlight throughout the life of jobactive.

Mr Husic, while arguing that the program needs to go has spoken strongly for a continued focus on Mutual Obligation but stressed the need to focus more on skilling people, particularly job seekers that haven’t had any work experience at all.