Nov 27, 2009

Labor brings welfare quarantining to a Centrelink near you!

Rather than attempting to punish struggling, low-income families, the government should be dealing with the underlying causes of neglect and delivering proper support for families in crisis, writes Fernando de Freitas.

Late Tuesday in Canberra, while the eyes of the nation were focused on a climate split in the coalition party room, the minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, quietly briefed a selected few journalists on controversial plans to roll-out welfare quarantining nationwide.

Both the timing and manner of the release were highly suspicious — with the announcement being embargoed to prevent lawyers, human rights advocates and the Greens from scrutinising, let alone criticising, such a seismic shift in Labor social policy.

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3 thoughts on “Labor brings welfare quarantining to a Centrelink near you!

  1. jungarrayi

    FaCSIAH in their Annual Report have got the gall to invoke the Northern Territory Emergency Responce Review Report (Oct 2008) to justify continuation of the NTER.

    The Review Board’s first recommendation on Income Management states:
    “The current blanket application of compulsory income management in the Northern Territory cease.” (page 23)

    Reminds me of a poster on sexual harassment: “Which part of ‘N-O’ don’t you understand?”

  2. Gary Matthews

    It should include MP’s that abuse alcohol, drugs and their family responsibilities

  3. wyane

    Get ready for some Paxtons to appear on the tabloid news circuit so as to make clear this so-called “community support”.

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