Dole bludgers and other urban myths

It’s time to put the dole bludger myth to bed and focus on helping young people down on their luck, writes Tarric Brooker.

IN AUSTRALIAN CULTURE, there is a mythical villain that comes for “your tax dollars” — an image of an individual that is moustache twirlingly nefarious in the pursuit of living a comfortable life on other people’s money.

That mythical suburban villain, passed down from one generation to the next, like an Australian version of a financial bogeyman, is the so-called “dole bludger”.

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