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There are jobs, minister tells unemployed

AAP logoAAP 18/11/2016 Rashida Yosufzai

The minister in charge of welfare laws is not convinced there is a dearth of jobs for Australians without one.

A recent report from Anglicare found there was only one job advertised for every six disadvantaged jobseekers.

But Social Services Minister Christian Porter believes there will be 150,000 future jobs in the aged, child care and disability sectors.

Australia also has a shortage of young workers taking up retail and tourism industry work, Mr Porter says.

"What I do not necessarily agree with is that there is somehow a dearth of jobs," he told the Australian Council for Social Services national conference on Friday.

"Jobs are there."

Mr Porter said there were problems within the system where carers who've ended their placements then struggled to find work.

He's especially fed up with those on the dole who fail to meet mutual obligations for welfare payments such as job search or interview requirements.

"So I don't put my hands up and say 'there aren't enough jobs', I just don't think that's statistically the case."

The minister is concerned people turn down work just because it pays only slightly more than welfare or that there are travel and preparation costs involved.

Last year 3000 people on welfare turned down job offers.

But work was more than just about the money, he said.

"It is self-worth from self-reliance, it's friendships, it's purpose and a meaning in life."

Mr Porter also implored unions to cease their "ideological" opposition to the coalition's youth internship scheme.

It was worth trading one less "theoretical critique" for one more new practical plan to help the disadvantaged.

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