Category: Social Welfare under LNP

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

Robo-revenue raising too tempting for greedy governments

Illustration: Simon Letch

But, as with so many things, new technology can be used for good or ill. The most egregious case of government misuse of technology was surely Centrelink’s “automated income compliance program” aka robo-debt. Here, a dodgy algorithm was used to accuse people on benefits of understating their income over many years and to demand repayment. Despite assurances by the two ministers responsible – Christian Porter and Alan Tudge – that all was fair and above board, huge anxiety was caused to many unjustly accused poor people. The Coalition government obfuscated for years before a court finally ruled the program unlawful and the government agreed to return $1.8 billion. For a scheme intended to cut costs, it was an immoral own goal.

Source: Robo-revenue raising too tempting for greedy governments

Don’t be fooled by Australia’s GDP growth – buying more things is not a good measure of our welfare | Jessica Mizrahi | The Guardian

Black Friday sales in Melbourne

Using GDP to assess wellbeing is a flawed view which has led us to narrow, short-term decision-making

Source: Don’t be fooled by Australia’s GDP growth – buying more things is not a good measure of our welfare | Jessica Mizrahi | The Guardian

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Why is our government holding us back? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia is both one of the wealthiest and – in too many ways – one of the most backward countries in the world. We have manufacturing facilities which could be revived to build EVs and the knowledge to ensure that re-charging is readily available. We also have a Coalition government which appears to lack any ability to plan for a viable future. Today, schoolchildren are demanding that governments take action as a matter of urgency, as their whole future is at stake. In the very near future the existing government will draw on the selfish instincts of the electorate to seek a further term in office. I am deeply unenamoured with the alternative government, but would still rather vote them in, than risk seeing the future for my grandchildren and their children destroyed by the selfishness of those currently at the helm.

Source: Why is our government holding us back? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“I called the Royal Commission” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A couple of days before the Four Corners investigation, Who Cares, was to air, Scott Morrison rushed to announce a Royal Commission into Aged Care. This was a government turnaround directly in anticipation of the damning ABC expose.

When interviewed for the program about a month earlier, Wyatt had said a royal commission would be an unnecessary move because the Government was already reviewing the sector.

“A royal commission, after two years and maybe $200 million being spent on it, will come back with the same set or a very similar set of recommendations,” he said, preferring to see that money go towards frontline aged care services.

Emails revealed at the RC show a flurry of activity in response to programs on the ABC whilst reports from the department on how to address the problems languished on the Minister’s desk.

Protecting his precious surplus, Morrison is willing to let people die while waiting for help.

Not only that, he wants kudos for calling yet another inquiry into a crisis of his party’s making in its never-ending pursuit of profit and deregulation

via “I called the Royal Commission” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Thousands Of Young Unemployed People Have Had Their Welfare Payments Suspended Under The PaTH Program

“Recent estimates figures again demonstrate that the program is failing young people, with only 2,918 participants finding employment with their host organisation,” she said.

“Not only is the government failing to get young people into work, but it is failing to protect them from exploitation under the program.”

via Thousands Of Young Unemployed People Have Had Their Welfare Payments Suspended Under The PaTH Program

Sign of the times: one standard for regular people, another for MPs

 

Illustration: John Shakespeare

As your regular, every day, garden-variety human is being forced to hop through more and more hoops to successfully interact with the government, standards appear to be as relaxed as ever for MPs.

Source: Sign of the times: one standard for regular people, another for MPs

Britain And Canada Abandoned Plans To Drug Test People On Welfare But The Australian Government Is Still Going Ahead With It

“Our policy makers are disastrously desensitised to how this may hurt people in the community.”

Source: Britain And Canada Abandoned Plans To Drug Test People On Welfare But The Australian Government Is Still Going Ahead With It

Fact check: Do eight out of 10 taxpayers pay for Australia’s social services bill? – Fact Check – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Mr Morrison claims that there are eight out of 10 income taxpayers required to go to work every day to pay for the $154 billion social services bill. ABC Fact Check runs the numbers.

Source: Fact check: Do eight out of 10 taxpayers pay for Australia’s social services bill? – Fact Check – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)