• Print
  • Email

Welfare State

social-policy-welfare

Despite a rapid increase in wealth and living standards over the past few decades, more Australians are dependent on the public purse than ever before.  Today, almost one in six working age Australians relies on welfare for all or part of their income.  A growing welfare state means an ever higher tax take is needed, bringing more taxpayers in to the welfare system.  How can government promote individual responsibility and self-reliance, while still providing a safety net?  How can patterns of joblessness and dependency be broken?

Publications

  1. Helen Hughes: A Tribute

    Glenys Byrne, Greg Lindsay, Noel Pearson, Ron Duncan, Tony Abbott | 27 Aug 2014 | Policy Forum

    CIS Senior Fellow Professor Helen Hughes AO passed away on 15 June 2013 after a lifetime dedicated to working passionately... Read More...

  2. Complex Family Payments: What it Costs the Village to Raise a Child

    Trisha Jha | 06 Aug 2014 | Policy Monographs

    The report describes the family payments system (with a focus on family tax benefits and child care fee assistance) and analyses... Read More...

  3. Fairer Paid Parental Leave

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Jul 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    This report describes how an Income Contingent Loans (ICL) scheme could be used to provide wage replacement Paid Parental... Read More...

  4. Still Damaging and Disturbing: Australian Child Protection Data and the Need for National Adoption Targets

    Jeremy Sammut | 16 Apr 2014 | Issue Analysis

    Australian child protection policy continues to resemble Einstein’s definition of madness—doing the same thing and expecting... Read More...

  5. Submission to the National Commission of Audit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha | 01 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government.... Read More...

View All

Opinion & Commentary

  1. Pension reform: Pensioner against pensioner or old against young?

    Matthew Taylor | 18 Jun 2015 | SBS

    Upon announcing that the opposition would not support the government’s budget measure to move the wealthiest age pensioners ... Read More

  2. At last, PPL targeted at those who need it

    Matthew Taylor | 20 May 2015 | SBS

    Budget 2015 proposes to do what the Gillard government should have done in 2011: Ensure taxpayer funded Paid Parental Leave ... Read More

  3. Doctor, charge what you dare

    David Gadiel | 24 Mar 2015 | The Australian

    Rather than flogging the dead horse of the GP co-payment, the government could have avoided this embarrassment by leaving ... Read More

  4. New Supported Living Pension would provide greater fairness

    Matthew Taylor | 02 Mar 2015 | SBS

    The final report of the Review in Australia’s Welfare System recommends what is probably the most comprehensive ... Read More

  5. Means testing free hospital care will make Medicare sustainable

    Jeremy Sammut | 08 Jan 2015 | The Australian

    Unless a means test is employed, and so long as the Medicare continues to offer ‘free and universal’ public hospital ... Read More

View All

Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Pensioners can unlock more income

    Matthew Taylor | 01 May 2015

    Australia can have a fairer and more sustainable age pension - but only if we stop ignoring pensioners' biggest asset and ...

  2. Pensioners should not be ring-fenced from budget repair

    Matthew Taylor | 13 Mar 2015

    Is indexing the pension to prices, rather than male wages, unfair?...

  3. Monday's 'pension increase' a side show to the real reform needed

    Matthew Taylor | 20 Feb 2015

    With the Age Pension projected to account for 12 per cent of the growth in total spending over the medium term there can ...

  4. Morrison should reconsider ACNC backdown

    Helen Andrews | 20 Feb 2015

    New facts have vindicated Kevin Andrews’s strong position on abolishing the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission ...

  5. Stop the state 'playing Dad'

    Jeremy Sammut | 23 Jan 2015

    Gary Johns has argued that compulsory contraception is needed to stop women having children and relying on the state to support ...

View All