Where ‘mutual obligation’ began: John Howard’s paradigm shift on welfare | Cabinet papers | The Guardian

Prime minister John Howard in 2001. Cabinet papers from that year show a shift to a ‘mutual obligation’ welfare system and refusal of apology to stolen generations

“The election of the Howard government marked a paradigm shift in welfare policy with the implementation of far reaching reforms around the concept of mutual obligation,” they wrote. “Howard’s new welfare paradigm defined welfare as a problem associated with ‘dependency culture’ and linked reforms to specific social groups (single mothers, young unemployed, new migrants).”

Source: Where ‘mutual obligation’ began: John Howard’s paradigm shift on welfare | Cabinet papers | The Guardian

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