Shock-therapy for welfare addiction

The Coalition’s welfare reforms are styled to decisively break reliance on government handouts, and will push families to rethink the shape of their own interdependency.

Despite all the hollering we’ll hear from the left of politics in the weeks ahead – especially over this budget’s dramatic health and education spending reductions  – the budget papers nonetheless have a thread of redistributive justice running through them.

Thinkers on the right who suspect Prime Minister Abbott of being more influenced by a Catholic social conscience than any liberal or conservative agenda will see plenty of ‘take from the rich and give to the poor’.

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