WEL 1998 Election Form Guide

Social Security

Social Security is an easy target for many governments responding to either desires for cuts or looking tough. Both Labor and Liberal have taken advantage of the 'free kicks' by targeting relatively unpopular groups for cuts. The actions of both to cut payments to newly arrived immigrants is particularly obnoxious as it plays on both anti immigration and anti bludger prejudices at the expense of very vulnerable groups. Sole parents are another group that are used in this way, and general surveillance measures are seen as proving prudence, regardless of their costs in both financial and social terms. The present system is very tightly targeted and policed and has become so complex that few recipients can understand their entitlements. Changes in eligibility and names of programs do not help the often less literate people who are most in need of its assistance. The shift of service delivery to Centrelink is another possible level of confusion and makes the processes less transparent.

1993-96 under Labor -1

Positives

Negatives

1996-98 under the Liberal/National Party Coalition -3

Positives

Negatives

Election Promises by Labor +1

Positives: +2

Negatives: -1

Election Promises by Liberal/National Party Coalition 0

Positives: +2

Negatives: -2

SCORE Labor 0
Coalition -3

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