Reforms will bring work and real prospects to remote areas

The Australian: THE federal government’s changes to the remote jobs program, announced last weekend, are the first major antidote to the poison that has inflicted remote communities for decades: welfare passivity. Since the early 1970s, when widespread welfare was introduced, people in remote c... ... (09-Dec)

Unshackle tyranny of low expectations

The Australian: “IT’S paradise. I’ve been to these communities lots of times ... Why would you go to school when you can go turtle hunting?” Jon Faine put this question to me when we were discussing remote Aboriginal education on ABC radio in Melbourne. It’s Faine’s style to be contrar­... ... (28-Oct)

Welfare flaws clear in Arnhem Land insight

The Australian: LAST week history was made when Tony Abbott took the seat of government to Yolngu country in East Arnhem Land.   To spend time in an indigenous community is an enriching experience: theory becomes practice; statistics become people of flesh and blood; gallery pieces become liv... ... (26-Sep)

Welfare lobby blind to reality

The Australian: It is almost impossible to imagine the day that the Australian Council of Social Service advocates tackling welfare dependency. Last week, it said it would never support any individual at any time having to wait before they access welfare payments. Not even for a month. This is ... ... (08-Sep)

Creating a more mobile workforce

The Herald Sun: STARTING this week, those who have struggled to find work will be eligible for up to $6000 to move location to take up a job. This means a Victorian who decides to take up work in a vineyard in the Yarra Valley or a mine in Queensland could claim $6000 for moving, and another $3... ... (04-Jul)

Mr Shorten, more money, failed policies won’t help indigenous people

The Australian: BILL Shorten’s critique of the ­government’s indigenous policy is disappointing and misguided. Last week, on this page, he criticised the government for its budget savings of 4.5 per cent in indigenous specific programs. “A brutal and heartless cut”, the Opposition Leader wrote... ... (25-Jun)

Welfare benefits a broad church

The Australian: THE Australian Council of ­Social Services’ critique of the Abbott government’s “earn or learn” policy may be well-­intentioned, but it is misguided. ACOSS fails to acknowledge that while the present system supports the vulnerable it also creates welfare dependence, just as... ... (17-Jun)

It's your choice: earn or learn

The Australian: ONE of the most insidious results of slower economic growth and welfarist policies is high youth unemployment. The latest figures showed youth unemployment rising to 12.7 per cent. Long-term youth unemployment is now three times higher than at the end of the Howard government. Youth... ... (12-May)

Labor all talk, no action

Australian Financial Review:  Opposition Leader Bill Shorten last week outlined his vision for a modernised Labor Party in which trade unions would have diminished influence. Missing, however, was any mention of policy. There was discussion about tweaking preselection rules and eligibility for ... ... (29-Apr)

Getting off the welfare train

The Australian: In the indigenous employment figures released last month, one statistic stands out: only 30 per cent of working-age people in remote communities have a job. Among 17 to 24-year-olds, only 18 per cent are fully engaged in work or study. The government wants the people in remote c... ... (09-Apr)

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