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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. 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

  2. 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

  3. Unemployment crackdown: one size doesn't fit all

    Simon Cowan | 01 Aug 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Forrest's solution of extending income management to all unemployed people ignores the fact that people are unemployed for ... Read More

  4. Loan scheme would solve paid parental leave

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    The Abbott government’s paid parental leave scheme is Whitlamesque in its scope and expense.... Read More

  5. Simple lessons on offer in plugging the welfare drain

    Peter Saunders | 07 Jun 2014 | The Australian

    Britain's welfare reforms show it is possible to get people off welfare and into work without a dramatic overhaul of the ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Making work, not the dole, the easier option

    Jeremy Sammut | 29 Aug 2014

    If we want to uphold the moral principle that those who can work should work, we cannot afford to make life on the dole the ...

  4. Sorting child protection facts from fiction

    Jeremy Sammut | 22 Aug 2014

    Ideology and propaganda often gets in the way of a clear-eyed view of the problems in the child protection system. The first ...

  5. No crisis but DSP still needs reform

    Matthew Taylor | 15 Aug 2014

    Calling the recent growth in DSP a crisis is hyperbole. Two thirds of the increase has come from declining economic conditions ...

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