Welfare state proves costly

NEARLY $100 a week from the average single worker's pay packet goes toward supporting those on welfare, the Federal Budget has revealed.

Warwick business owner Jason Wright was sickened to learn that while he worked tirelessly day in day out, dole bludgers were reaping the benefits of his tax payments.

"It sh**s me to tears," Mr Wright said.

"Those who can't work I don't have a problem with, but those who are bludging the system I do."

Australians pay $376.1billion in tax each year, with $131.656 or 35% of that going toward social security and welfare.

"In business, if I don't make income my business goes down, so why should we (be paying for them)?" Mr Wright said.

Co-owner of a Warwick business Janelle Fien said it was social responsibility to pay for those on welfare.

"I think it should be our responsibility to help the less fortunate," Mrs Fien said. "Who is to say this person is entitled to money and this person isn't; I'm not in any place to sit and judge."

This year's budget shows a $4.8 billion increase of money allocated to social security and welfare.

While there are many on welfare who are actively looking for work, one employed Warwick man, Andrew Thomsons said the government was partly to blame and needed to make it easier for those to find work.

"What should be done is a cut-off put on welfare, so if they haven't found work in a certain amount of time they should be cut off," Mr Thomsons said.

Topics:  federal budget, tax payments, workers



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