Welfare State

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

MEDI-VATION: ‘Health Innovation Communities’ for Medicare Payment and Service Reform
Jeremy Sammut, Gerald Thomas, Peta Seaton
02 November 2016 | RR21

Health Innovation Communities (HICs) would essentially constitute an Australian ‘Silicon Valley’ for health – hubs for research and development within which the proverbial 1000 flowers will bloom as a plurality of different providers create novel health products and solutions. The good examples and real world…

Society is Broken
Theodore Dalrymple
20 June 2016 | OP146

With experience as a prison doctor and psychiatrist, Theodore Dalrymple decries the impact of the welfare state and a culture of dependence in society. A phrase such as ‘a broken society’ should not be made to bear more meaning than it has. Societies do not…

MEDI-VALUE: Health Insurance and Service Innovation in Australia - Implications for the Future of Medicare
Jeremy Sammut
20 April 2016 | Research Report 14

For healthcare innovation to flourish there needs to be a real market for health services in Australia. Providers that deliver cost-effective, patient-centred care should be rewarded for increased efficiency and lower costs by being able to sell that value-proposition to cost-and quality-conscious purchasers. For innovation…

Youth Unemployment in Australia
Patrick Carvalho
22 November 2015 | Research Report 7

This report looks at quantifying the rising youth unemployment problem, understanding its causes and proposing policy solutions. Youth employment has progressively taken a hit after the Global Financial Crisis, practically doubling since mid-2008. At an average rate of 13.5% in the past 12 months, the…

The Madness of Australian Child Protection: Why Adoption Will Rescue Australia's Underclass Children
Jeremy Sammut
11 November 2015 | Connorcourt Publishing

Why are Australian children abused and neglected in plain sight of the child welfare authorities supposed to protect them? This passionate account of a flawed system argues that the crisis besetting child protection regimes nation-wide will not end until the taboo on the use of…

Media & Commentary

MEDIA RELEASE: Big tick for accountable child protection in NSW.
Jeremy Sammut
17 November 2016

  The Baird Government’s response to the Independent Review of Out Of Home Care in NSW should be applauded for making child protection services in the state more accountable, says…

No dole for non-working sole parents
Jeremy Sammut
12 November 2016 | The Spectator

A new front in the ‘welfare wars’ has opened following revelations that a significant number of those dependent on welfare are receiving financial support from the government that exceeds the…

Indigenous kids failed again
Jeremy Sammut
09 November 2016 | The Spectator - Flat White

The Family Matters report released by SNAICC, the peak Indigenous child welfare services lobby group, is a recipe for perpetuating indigenous child abuse and disadvantage. The ‘exclusive’ coverage of the…

Welfare: why not both?
Simon Cowan
04 November 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Now we are a week on from the fallout over paid parental leave, and the government is consumed by other disasters, we can put the issue in its proper context.…

Muddled welfare debate
Jeremy Sammut
28 October 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

According to Human Services Minister Alan Tudge, more than 400,000 unemployed people receiving Newstart Allowance are not subject to any work-related mutual obligations to be actively looking for a job.…