Is Labor about to propose stripping down Australia's social safety net?

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Is Labor about to propose stripping down Australia's social safety net?

Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:08 pm

FEDERAL Labor will embark on major social policy reform, today announcing it will bring together social policy experts, economists, academics and business and union leaders to design an overhaul of a system that it argues is not meeting the needs of modern Australia.

The Australian can reveal that senior Labor frontbencher Jenny Macklin will lead a series of roundtable discussions and policy workshops to develop bold social policy initiatives to take to the next federal election, due in 2016.

Labor says the social welfare system is no longer equipped to deal with the major changes in people’s lives, including family and work. “Our social support system is not tailored to the times ahead,” Ms Macklin said. “Our system was designed at a time when full employment and home ownership were the norm, when jobs were secure and lasted a lifetime, when women were not encouraged to work and very few did, and when families were different to how they are today.”

This is the first and most dramatic step Labor has taken to rewrite the nation’s signature social policies since losing government last year.

Labor has defended its Rudd-Gillard government reforms including the paid parental leave scheme and the national disability insurance scheme but wants to embark on an overhaul of the social support structure embedded in the welfare and work state.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/jenny-macklin-to-spearhead-labors-social-policy-overhaul/story-fn59niix-1226840059039#

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Re: Is Labor about to propose stripping down Australia's social safety net?

Post by Beekeeper on Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:00 pm

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"THE AUSTRALIAN" is Uncle Rupert's national flagship newspaper...

And the leading propaganda sheet and unofficial mouthpiece for the Australian Lib/NP Conservative coalition..


THE best thing to do after reading any politico-economic stories in 'The Australian' these days is to then "have a Bex and a cup of tea and go and have  good lie down !"



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Re: Is Labor about to propose stripping down Australia's social safety net?

Post by veya_victaous on Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:36 am

it would be very un-labor like to do that.

And I very much doubt it as the only people that want that are Murdoch and his cronies.

and after the all the support Murdoch has given Abbot over the last 6 years I can't see labor doing him any favours. Labor party is funded largely by the union movement so doesn't have the massive corporate paybacks like we see Abbott and the liberal party performing now.

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