Firstly and to be clear – we are not all about to lose our jobs to robots. It's a preposterous assertion. I think the biggest challenge in this is that people cannot see what's ahead and uncertainty makes them fearful. Plus it’s not themselves they’re worried about. Most people feel like they’ll be ok with change – they can re-skill or adapt, but they’re worried about their father or their neighbour or their colleague, who might not have their own flexibility and willingness to change.
Even before the impact of COVID-19, more young Australians had never held a job than ever before. In November 2019, over 100,000 Australians aged 15-24 had never been employed. Add in COVID-19 and many who would otherwise be connected to work are at risk of falling into long-term unemployment (young people made up 45% of the decline in employment in May this year).