Australia considers boot camp for young unemployed
Young job seekers would be forced into tough army-style boot camps to qualify for the dole, under an election policy being considered by the Rudd government.
The Youth Start Boot Camp was tabled as a future election policy in a submission that has been leaked to Fairfax Media. It was put to the Labor government‘s powerful expenditure review committee by ministers Bill Shorten and Kate Ellis in May.
Senior government sources said the army-style camps – which are designed to impose strict disciplinary regimes – remained on the table as an election policy for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
The idea was framed as a possible vote winner for the government and was slated to be announced before August 15, if accepted.
Fairfax has an outline of the written submission, which was discussed during a meeting of then Gillard government ministers putting up election campaign strategy…
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