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By Philip Mendes

Considers the jobs performed by means of the foremost political events, foyer teams and ideologies in selecting Australia’s present welfare-related results.

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The government also introduced a series of support schemes for the young unemployed known as Community Youth Support Schemes; provided increased real support for handicapped, aged and homeless persons’ facilities and migrant integration services; and set up a Social Welfare Research Centre (later renamed the Social Policy Research Centre) to undertake and sponsor research in important aspects of social welfare (Ironmonger, 1980; Carney and Hanks, 1986: 32). These initiatives were accompanied by a series of attacks by the Fraser Government on the welfare state in general and welfare recipients in particular.

Fraser’s belief in providing compassionate support to the poor and disadvantaged, whilst helping them to become independent of government assistance, was echoed by other Liberal Party ministers. Government representatives spoke of directing safety-net assistance to those genuinely in need due to involuntary economic hardship such as old age, widowhood, sickness and invalidity, whilst ensuring that recipients retained incentives for initiative and self-reliance (Mendes, 1996: 173–74). S O C I A L P O L I C Y I N I T I AT I V E S In contrast to the social democratic universalism of the Whitlam years, the period under Fraser was characterised by a return to a selectivist/residual approach to welfare.

Government representatives spoke of directing safety-net assistance to those genuinely in need due to involuntary economic hardship such as old age, widowhood, sickness and invalidity, whilst ensuring that recipients retained incentives for initiative and self-reliance (Mendes, 1996: 173–74). S O C I A L P O L I C Y I N I T I AT I V E S In contrast to the social democratic universalism of the Whitlam years, the period under Fraser was characterised by a return to a selectivist/residual approach to welfare.

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