One reading of this piece and the comments would lead …

Comment on Sit-down money: Pointless jobs for the dole by David de Vries.

One reading of this piece and the comments would lead to the conclusion that government followed through on rhetoric from four years back that there was a work obligation accompanied by penalties.
My observations from a coupla delivery services was that there was negligible “work-like” activities or penalties for non participation. Purely a going through the motions exercise from minister to staff to recipients.
Maybe a coupla sites got busy with penalties – Arnhemland?, others? Interesting to do a research project on regions that followed through with penalties.

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