Six weeks ago Federal Employment Participation Minister, Kate Ellis
unveiled the first national report into
employment barriers for older workers, The 2011-12 National Survey on the Barriers to Employment
for Mature Age People. Ellis was reported as saying the following;
that 36% of mature age job seekers had experienced aged-related exclusion
during job searches, that age discrimination during job seeking was
“particularly prevalent” and that 83% of respondents thought age
discrimination was an issue for mature aged job seekers.
Michael Jagger (69 years old), Keith Richards (69 next month), Charlie Watts
(71) and Ronnie Wood (65), collectively known as The Rolling Stones
played a surprise
Paris club gig for 600 fans who got their hands on (the equivalent
of $20) tickets earlier in the day via a Twitter message. By all accounts the Stones
rocked the house and left the fans thrilled with the return of the
legendary rockers, after a five year absence from the stage.
Like those lucky fans, I am sure that when the audience at the upcoming
Stones’ gigs in London (25 & 29 November) and New Jersey
(13 & 15 December) watch the band celebrate their 50 years of recording
together they will be appreciating the excellence of the performance, rather
than making some pre-determined assumption about the Stones’ competency based
on the individual band members’ respective ages.
If only it was so with employers.
For far too many older Australians, seeking new or
better jobs, their experience is mainly one of Exile on Main Street; one our
economy can ill-afford to have continue.