Dave Hughes says unemployed should not be ashamed to get on the ‘dole’ amid the coronavirus crisis

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‘Don’t be shy to bloody get on the dole’: Comedian Dave Hughes urges unemployed to seek government assistance amid COVID-19… after admitting he was on welfare payments for SEVEN YEARS in his 20s

Comedian Dave Hughes has encouraged people who have lost their jobs to ‘get on the dole’ amid the coronavirus crisis. 

Speaking to the Sun Herald this week, the 49-year-old comedian said people shouldn’t feel embarrassed about needing help in troubled times.  

‘Don’t be shy to bloody get on the dole, make the most of the government resources we have,’ Dave said, adding he was on the helpful handout from ages, 20 to 27. 

Use it: Comedian Dave Hughes, 49, (pictured) has urged people to not be ashamed of seeking the ‘dole’ amid the coronavirus crisis in an interview with the Sun Herald this weekend

The stand-up comic did however say he was lucky to still have radio and TV gigs at the moment.

‘I’m complaining about not being able to do stand-up comedy, but I’m lucky I’ve got the radio and TV as well,’ he added.  

‘There are a lot of comedians who don’t have anything. I’m certainly encouraging them to get on the dole rather than borrow money off me,’ Dave joked.

'Don't be shy to bloody get on the dole, make the most of the government resources we have,' Dave said, adding he was on the handout from ages, 20 to 27. Here: As host of his show

‘Don’t be shy to bloody get on the dole, make the most of the government resources we have,’ Dave said, adding he was on the handout from ages, 20 to 27. Here: As host of his show

Dave has been open about being on Centrelink for a number of years while he was an up-and-coming comedian.   

Speaking in response to derogatory remarks to by Sunrise star Nat Barr in August last year, Dave was quick to defend dole bludgers on his Hit Network Drive show Hughesy and Kate.

‘I spent the better half of the 90s on the dole, and you have to be active or they cut you off!’ the radio host explained.

Income: The stand-up comic then said he was lucky to still have radio and TV gigs. Here on Channel Ten's Hughesy: We Have A Problem

Income: The stand-up comic then said he was lucky to still have radio and TV gigs. Here on Channel Ten’s Hughesy: We Have A Problem 

Dave was joined in the studio by Studio 10’s Denise Scott, who also shared her extensive experience with the welfare system.   

‘I’m here to say for six-to-seven years I was on the dole,’ Dave declared, illustrating that both he and Denise were examples of former dole recipients becoming ‘success stories’. 

‘I was on a dole for a short amount of time in my early 20s,’ Denise confessed, before adding: ‘I’m proud to say that we were on the dole as a family.’

'I'm proud to say that we were on the dole as a family': Dave (R) was joined in the studio by Studio 10's Denise Scott(L), when they discussed the dole last year on his radio show

‘I’m proud to say that we were on the dole as a family’: Dave (R) was joined in the studio by Studio 10’s Denise Scott(L), when they discussed the dole last year on his radio show

Dave has had a colourful employment history since graduating from Christian Brothers’ College, Warrnambool in 1988. 

He went on to study information technology at Swinburne University in Melbourne, before going on to study accounting at Deakin University.

He dropped out of the degree to establish a career in comedy, with him doing a number of odd jobs including working in an abattoir and as a shop assistant.

Past: Dave (pictured) dropped out of the degree to establish a career in comedy, with him doing a number of odd jobs including working at an abattoir and as a shop assistant

Past: Dave (pictured) dropped out of the degree to establish a career in comedy, with him doing a number of odd jobs including working at an abattoir and as a shop assistant

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