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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. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a... Read More...

  4. TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

    The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a... Read More...

  5. Not Looking for Work: The Rise of Non-Jobseekers on Unemployment Benefits

    Andrew Baker | 31 Jul 2013 | Policy Monographs

    Following the global financial crisis, the incumbent Labor government introduced policies that reduced the job search requirements... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. No easy fix for youth unemployment

    Alexander Philipatos | 22 Apr 2014 | The Canberra Times

    The youth unemployment rate, now 13.6 per cent, is twice the economy-wide rate, and the youth employment-to-population ratio ... Read More

  2. Getting millionaires off the old-age pension

    Jeremy Sammut | 15 Apr 2014 | The Daily Telegraph

    Joe Hockey should look to address the pension means test that allows millionaires to receive welfare.... Read More

  3. It's all relative: The poverty wars are back

    Matthew Taylor | 04 Feb 2014 | The Drum

    Relative poverty is a poor measure when it comes to forming public policy aimed at helping Australians who are doing it tough.... Read More

  4. Fiddling with criteria to hide unemployed

    Andrew Baker | 31 Jul 2013 | The Australian

    The government has been hiding the unemployed on unemployment benefits by turning them from 'jobseekers' into 'non-jobseekers.'... Read More

  5. Policy conflict on jobs for disabled

    Andrew Baker | 22 Jul 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

    The social and economic objectives of DisabilityCare cannot be achieved without reform to the disability support pension.... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. No apology necessary, Jenny Macklin

    Matthew Taylor | 28 Mar 2014

    The former Labor government did not get it wrong on single parent income support entitlements, and there is no reason for ...

  2. DSP: The not so universal payment

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Mar 2014

    We need to provide income support payments that reflect the work capacities of those with a disability that does not encourage ...

  3. Welfare review has serious blind spots

    Trisha Jha | 24 Jan 2014

    Family Tax Benefit should be a target of scrutiny, yet the welfare review announced by the government has excluded it....

  4. Perhaps Newstart doesn't require a new start

    Matthew Taylor | 17 Jan 2014

    Kevin Andrews’ idea to create multiple tiers of the DSP and Newstart would blur the necessary line between what constitutes ...

  5. Not looking for work

    Andrew Baker | 02 Aug 2013

    The government has managed to hide the unemployed on unemployment benefits and effectively reduced the unemployment rate ...

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