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April 4, 2011

My strongest impression from my brief time in Hobart was the unemployed youth hanging out in the central business district. Labor's promise of social mobility and opportunity looked as if it was being broken. The impression I gained was that the jobs were just not there in spite of Labor's talk about education, apprenticeships and trades. Why not?

Don Tapscott in The Guardian outlines the promise:

Today's society is failing to deliver on its promise to young people.We said that if they worked hard, stayed out of trouble, and attended school, they would have a prosperous and fulfilling life. It turns out we were inaccurate, if not dishonest

My response to why there is no jobs is that the period of industrial capitalism is coming to an end, and many young working class people who had been trained in the educational system of industrial capitalism have been left stranded with very limited futures. Tapscott again:
Widespread youth unemployment is one facet of a deeper failure. The society we are passing to today's young people is seriously damaged. Most of the institutions that have served us well for decades – even centuries – seem frozen and unable to move forward.....I'm convinced that the industrial age and its institutions are finally running out of gas.It is young people who are bearing the brunt of our failures.

That kind of failure is pretty much what I saw in Hobart. I've been puzzling about whilst travelling to Queenstown.

I saw jobs in Sheffield--- near Cradle Mountain----was teenage girls who'd left school early, working in a coffee shop for tourist, and who defined their future in terms of marriage with a local lad working in the resource industry. They had not been trained in the digital economy.

'Social exclusion' is Labor's word and they have set up social exclusion units to bring people 'in from the cold.' The social exclusion ethos has been taken from Tony Blair who stated that:

We had a poor record in this country in adapting to social and economic change. The result was sharp income inequality, a third of children growing up in poverty, a host of social problems such as homelessness and drug abuse, and divisions in society typified by deprived neighbourhoods that had become no go areas for some and no exit zones for others. All of us bore the cost of social breakdown – directly, or through the costs to society and the public finances. And we were never going to have a successful economy while we continued to waste the talents of so many.

Tasmania is struggling to adapt from a resource based economy to an information one.

If the conception of social exclusion includes low income and focuses on the link between problems such as, for example, unemployment, poor skills, high crime, poor housing and family breakdown, then the policy is not working.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:11 PM | | Comments (3)


What harm that corrupt cabal has caused that place over the last twenty years.
God help us if Tassie is Oz in miniature.
I know this is digressing, but it has me in mind of my school days at dustbowl Elizabeth West and the ferocious lectures from the head master about, "hanging round the shops, smoking cigarettes and drinking pop to relieve the constipation".

In her Inaugural Inaugural Whitlam Institute Gough Whitlam Oration Gillard says that:

he historic mission of our political party is to ensure the fair distribution of opportunity. From the moment of our inception our mission has been to enable the son of the labourer, the daughter of the cleaner, to have access to same the opportunities in life as the son of the millionaire, the daughter of the lawyer.
Creating opportunity and enabling social mobility has required different policies in every age. We have moved beyond the days of big government and big welfare, to opportunity through education and inclusion through participation.

She adds that at every stage in our history fair access to opportunity has been our historic mission.

Equality has been reduced to a fair access to opportunity. Under Hawke labor equality had been reduced to equality of opportunity.

How can there be fair access to opportunity if it’s combined with gross inequality of outcomes?

Gillard's values are based on hard work and manual labour (tradies and brickies). This underpins a dignified life.

What's happened to the urban, tertiary-educated, non-labouring voters who have long formed a strong component of Labor?