It seems as if almost every political party in the upcoming 2010 election are intent on either ignoring the plight of the unemployed or making matters worse.
For starters we have Abbott promising to drag jobless youth away from what little social support they have and dump them into the unfamiliar environment of frontier mining towns far away from the security of friends and family. Mining unions have already warned there is no work for them and scarce little affordable housing to be found if this ill-conceived plan goes ahead. On top of this there will be yet another crackdown on so-called dole bludgers. In addition I believe he also wants to create budget surpluses by reducing the intake of new public service employees which can only excacerbate jobless numbers.
Our latest PM who ousted Rudd, Julia Gillard, not to be outdone in this bidding war against the poor has set her sights on "welfarism" which she hasn't yet defined. She may be playing to the gallery of "aspirational" voters and sending out a dog whistle to a supposed middle Australia.
The Green party is naturally calling for green jobs for the cherry picked few but not offering to help dismantle the privatised job service sector or create full employment. They also seem to be busy undermining the left leaning Lee Rhiannon who is in with a chance of a senate seat and might actually have some kind of social conscience about unemployment compared to the other neo-liberals of influence in the Greens. (See last weekend's Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum).
The only political group in the election that seems to be actually calling for full employment and human rights for the unemployed is Gough save us - the Communist Alliance. It looks like the unemployed and those without job security don't exactly have a royal flush in their choice of who to vote for but here's a link to what the Reds are saying: