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

Voting for a living: A shift in Australian politics from selling policies to buying votes?
Robert Carling, Terrence O'Brien
05 September 2018 | PP9

This paper explores the hypothesis that growth of government has become self-sustaining through the emergence of a segment of the population that both enjoys sufficient direct support from government and is large enough that political parties shape policies to curry its favour. The researchers use…

Why childcare is not affordable
Eugenie Joseph
29 August 2018 | RR37

Childcare fees and out-of-pocket costs in Australia have been growing above inflation in recent years, at the same time that more parents are using formalised childcare to support their participation in the workforce. Childcare has been subject to growing and evolving regulation for many years,…

Life Before Death: Improving Palliative Care for Older Australians
Jessica Borbasi
19 November 2017 | RR34

The notion that the problems associated with modern death and dying can be solved simply by allowing more Australians to die at home is an oversimplification. Moreover, the myth that most people want to die at home, but don’t, has also unhelpfully reinforced the popular…

Resetting the Pendulum: Balanced, Effective, Accountable Child Protection Systems and Adoption Reform in Australia
Jeremy Sammut
11 November 2017 | RR33

The national significance of the NSW child protection and adoption reforms cannot be overstated. The changes to child protection services in NSW not only constitute a blueprint for genuine systemic change across the full service spectrum, designed to address the unsustainable trajectory of OOHC services.…

Media & Commentary

Capitalism is not destroying us
Eugenie Joseph
26 October 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

This week, our scholar in residence, James Bartholomew and I participated in an Ethics Centre debate, arguing against the politically-charged motion: Capitalism is destroying us. For some of us, ‘no’…

Labor preschool plan fails to add up on many levels
Eugenie Joseph
12 October 2018 | DAILY TELEGRAPH

Australian parents should be sceptical of Labor’s new policy to extend universal access to preschool for 3-year-old children, as the costs and benefits simply fail to add up. And in…

Buying votes easier than selling good policies
Robert Carling
07 September 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

Does the nature of a democracy change when an increasing majority of its voters receive net benefits from, or are employed by, government — while a diminishing minority shoulders the…

New Child Care Subsidy expensive, inflexible and complicated
Eugenie Joseph
29 June 2018 | DAILY TELEGRAPH

The government would like us to believe the much-touted Child Care Subsidy is a magical fix-all solution for nearly one million Australian families in need of an affordable solution. But…

New CIS Research: Ill-informed Millennials prefer socialism to capitalism
Tom Switzer, Charles Jacobs
20 June 2018 | MEDIA RELEASE

A majority of Australian Millennials have a favourable view of socialism as an ideology, a CIS/YouGov Galaxy poll has found. The number of Millennials who responded they viewed Socialism favourably…

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