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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Comment on the interim McClure Review of Welfare Reform

Analysis and opinion on the interim report from the government's reference group on Welfare Reform (released on 29th June) continues to be published as it is digested by interest groups and individuals:

Welfare Review Fails to Understand Australia’s Labour Market
ProBono Australia News, 7th July 2014
The vision for the reform of the Australian social welfare system depends entirely on whether labour market opportunities will open up to those for whom it had previously been closed, writes Veronica Sheen, Research Associate, School of Social Sciences at Monash University ...

If you are participating in debates about the Disability Support Pension, these figures might be of interest and use:
Behind the labels: who is really on the disability support pension and whyJudith Ireland and Conrad Walters, Sydney Morning Herald, 4th July 2014As the debate about the DSP continues, with the public submissions now open for the McClure review and its first round table in Canberra next week, we ask who is on the DSP? Why? And for how long ...   
Welfare reforms a long process: govt
Nine News National, 3rd July 2014
Australian disability pensioners and carers are being told sweeping welfare reforms the government is considering are a long way off ...

Disabling rorters? More like punishing scapegoats
Stella Young, The Drum (ABC), 2 Jul 2014
For too long people with a disability have been scapegoats for a system that has failed us, and the response to the Government's review into the welfare system has seen that continue, writes Stella Young.

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