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What Ever Happened To… Jobline?

By EtFb 20 September 2012 11

Here’s one for Canberrans with longish memories.

Back in the 1980s and afterwards, there was a useful little service called Jobline.  If you were unemployed or at university (but I repeat myself!) you could dial their number — I remember it, it was 477777 — and sign up to do odd jobs.  Someone wants their windows cleaned, their babies sat, their computers de-virused, they call up too, and provided your aptitudes match up, you’d get a call from the nice people in the tiny first-floor office in Civic and you’d be off to earn a few quid.

I’ve long since left Canberra for Tassie, and here in the damp and underfunded badlands I think something like Jobline would be a good plan.  But I’m nervous: on a whim, I dialed the old number and got a private home’s answering machine.  Sometime between the late eighties and now, Jobline let that incredibly memorable phone number lapse, which suggests foul play.  Was it draconian government legislation, insurance issues, a hit sponsored by Jim’s Assassins (a fully-owned franchisee of the Jim’s Empire) or something else?  Who killed Jobline?

Does anybody know?

What’s Your opinion?


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Felix the Cat 4:31 pm 21 Sep 12

Isn’t it called Community Service these days and performed by crims?

JessP 3:28 pm 21 Sep 12

Think there would be more problems with this type of service now days. You would need to have police checks, security assessments etc. What if someone gets hurt/mugged/rbbed or worse? Who is libel is something goes wrong?

p1 2:48 pm 21 Sep 12

Mysteryman said :

EtFb said :

Because, to a Liberal politician, giving unemployed people a bit of extra cash doesn’t constitute a profit. Bastards.

That wouldn’t constitute a profit to anybody.

There is “profit” then there is benefit to society.

arescarti42 said :

Computers de-virused? I didn’t think anyone other than super-nerds and research institutions had computers in the 1980s. Furthermore, how the hell do you get a virus on your computer without internet access? Ordering dodgy floppy disks in the mail or something?

I didn’t have the ‘tubes hooked up at home until 1995, and some of my friends were entrenched well before that – while not eighties, it was before the jobline apparently met its demise.

Diggety 2:33 pm 21 Sep 12

Never heard of it but it sounds like a great idea.

You could even build an app for it.

Truthiness 1:48 pm 21 Sep 12

There were computers, viruses and the internet in the eighties, there just wasn’t the www.

arescarti42 1:40 pm 21 Sep 12

Computers de-virused? I didn’t think anyone other than super-nerds and research institutions had computers in the 1980s. Furthermore, how the hell do you get a virus on your computer without internet access? Ordering dodgy floppy disks in the mail or something?

    johnboy 1:44 pm 21 Sep 12

    Same way USB sticks are a major virus vector today.

    (I’m looking at you library service)

Mysteryman 12:53 pm 21 Sep 12

EtFb said :

Because, to a Liberal politician, giving unemployed people a bit of extra cash doesn’t constitute a profit. Bastards.

That wouldn’t constitute a profit to anybody.

EtFb 12:25 pm 21 Sep 12

Answered my own question with a bit of trawling through Hansard. Kate Farr Carnell shut Jobline down in 1996 after determining that they couldn’t figure out a way to turn it into a profit-making business. Because, to a Liberal politician, giving unemployed people a bit of extra cash doesn’t constitute a profit. Bastards.

Still, it means there’s a chance that it could work again, provided the inevitable Liberal landslide next election doesn’t bury it before we can get started…

EtFb 12:10 pm 21 Sep 12

I’m trying to set it up and run it here, dumbo.

XO_VSOP 9:13 am 20 Sep 12

Get a haircut and get a real job. That aside try seek, or phone me ill give you an odd job 🙂

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