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Welfare State

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Despite a rapid increase in wealth and living standards over the past few decades, more Australians are dependent on the public purse than ever before.  Today, almost one in six working age Australians relies on welfare for all or part of their income.  A growing welfare state means an ever higher tax take is needed, bringing more taxpayers in to the welfare system.  How can government promote individual responsibility and self-reliance, while still providing a safety net?  How can patterns of joblessness and dependency be broken?

Publications

  1. Helen Hughes: A Tribute

    Glenys Byrne, Greg Lindsay, Noel Pearson, Ron Duncan, Tony Abbott | 27 Aug 2014 | Policy Forum

    CIS Senior Fellow Professor Helen Hughes AO passed away on 15 June 2013 after a lifetime dedicated to working passionately... Read More...

  2. Complex Family Payments: What it Costs the Village to Raise a Child

    Trisha Jha | 06 Aug 2014 | Policy Monographs

    The report describes the family payments system (with a focus on family tax benefits and child care fee assistance) and analyses... Read More...

  3. Fairer Paid Parental Leave

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Jul 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    This report describes how an Income Contingent Loans (ICL) scheme could be used to provide wage replacement Paid Parental... Read More...

  4. Still Damaging and Disturbing: Australian Child Protection Data and the Need for National Adoption Targets

    Jeremy Sammut | 16 Apr 2014 | Issue Analysis

    Australian child protection policy continues to resemble Einstein’s definition of madness—doing the same thing and expecting... Read More...

  5. Submission to the National Commission of Audit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha | 01 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government.... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Comment: Disability Support Pension “bludger” mantra does nothing to improve policy

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Oct 2014 | ABC: The Drum

    The Daily Telegraph’s recent report about websites that allegedly coach welfare fraudsters on ... Read More

  2. Comment: Childcare | the new frontier in the culture wars

    Trisha Jha | 04 Oct 2014 | The Spectator

    Increasingly, institutionalised childcare is being used to promote green and progressive agendas.... Read More

  3. Comment: Human right to the dole is nonsense

    Peter Kurti | 02 Oct 2014 | Daily Telegraph

    These days any political, social or economic problem is quickly cast as a human rights issue. ... Read More

  4. Government funding of families a puzzle

    Trisha Jha | 08 Aug 2014 | Newcastle Herald

    Are families really well served by the $32 billion family payments system?... Read More

  5. Tax disincentives for working mums should be removed

    Trisha Jha | 06 Aug 2014 | The Australian

    To increase female labour force participation and repair the budget deficit, start by looking at the perverse incentives ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Combating (genuine) poverty need not punish 'the rich'

    Matthew Taylor | 24 Oct 2014

    By defining poverty in these terms, the focus is shifted away from living standards towards income inequality so that poverty ...

  2. There is no 'right' to help yourself to the taxes of others

    Peter Kurti | 03 Oct 2014

    Political, social or economic problems are readily cast as human rights issue these days....

  3. Don't Save the Charity Commission

    Helen Andrews | 03 Oct 2014

    An interesting letter arrived at the CIS office this week. Dr Andrew Leigh MP wrote to inform the Centre that ‘Kevin Andrews ...

  4. Time-limits the alternative to waiting times for the dole

    Trisha Jha | 12 Sep 2014

    Among the most controversial of the measures announced in the May budget was the move to deny 15 to 29-year-olds access to ...

  5. Robin Hood is alive and well in Australia

    Robert Carling | 29 Aug 2014

    Critics of budget measures appear to believe that social benefits both individually and in aggregate should only ever go ...

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