Submission to Senate Select Committee Inquiry into the Future of Work and Workers

mechanical automation

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Jon Altman; Francis Markham

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Government and community sector reports

This Senate Select Committee Inquiry on the Future of Work and Workers examines the impact of technological and other change on the future of work and workers in Australia.

In this submission, the authors draw attention to the risk that mainstream employment will decline as automatable jobs are lost. They argue that even in the best-case scenario in which new jobs replace automated jobs, there is a risk that the skills and experience that new jobs require will not match those of the unemployed, meaning that a large proportion of the population will be unemployed and unable to be employed in new jobs. They highlight the potential disproprtionate impact upon one section of Australian society, Indigenous peoples, who are already in deep ‘employment’ difficulty.

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