Jobs for the hungry – the new hunger games

On the ABC PM program¬†29 July, about 11 minutes in, Treasurer Joe Hockey¬†is interviewed about the proposed requirement that people on Newstart unemployment allowance will have to apply for 40 jobs a month – a proposal of concern to business in relation to floods of inappropriate applicants for jobs. Hockey made the interesting observation that…

Whither or wither Australian social welfare?

Earlier in 2014, the Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews set up a review of Australia’s social welfare system. The interim report of the review panel was released a few days ago. It is a long and complex report with many layers of ideas for changing the present system to make it more efficient and…