For the old people out bush, it all makes a sort of weird logic. It seems that life under Brough and Howard’s intervention will be very much like the old Mission and Government Settlement days—no doubt with white picket fence and all.

The word is out: there’ll be far less paid work, and the government will control personal incomes in ways that have nothing to do with preventing substance abuse, gambling or pornography purchases. It’ll be a perverse world, where it will be legal to buy a motor car with welfare money; but not spend your pension cheque at the local bakery.