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Welfare

Published April 15, 2011 by Michael C Leeson

I am tired or am getting too old to listen to the recycled rhetoric of Neanderthal politicians, from Gillard, Abbott, Cameron and even Obama. They all sound the same espousing the pro-capitalist line in defaming people on low income as a burden on society. Somehow, people on low incomes including those on income support do not enjoy the same social status as others and of course, it is this groups fault. Yes, it smacks of yank individualism, which by default overlooks how the system shapes people’s lives both directly and indirectly. Eventually, what you have is victim blaming and scapegoating, no attempt to address personal or social need just political point scoring.

(ABC)

 Gillard vows welfare shake-up

Wanting to work isn’t always enough

Rhetoric helps votes, not people: welfare groups

Homeless job seekers need ‘alternative approach’

(SMH)

Pretend welfare reform will do nothing for jobless

Never look for solutions only band-aids

Welfare equals social wellbeing not safety net or charity

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