Celebrated by the tabloids, the welfare bill punishes those already doing it tough

April 3, 2018

“The tabloids, of course, are dutifully delivering a narrative dictated by government media releases and cherry-picked data. Despite the fact that Australia’s tax and transfer system is the most tightly targeted in the OECD, it seems the government is intent on demonising our most disadvantaged citizens as a terrible burden on the rest of society.

But this narrative is wrong. As demonstrated by recent research undertaken by Per Capita for Anglicare, the cost to our nation of subsidising the lifestyles of the wealthiest 20% of Australians far exceeds that spent on providing support for any single welfare group.”

Emma Dawson in The Guardian