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The desire to reform welfare could become Tony Abbotts’ “Gimpchoices”


While i don’t want to dismiss the angst I see in the commentary on the Welfare review lets keep a couple of things in perspective here, firstly no matter how much the government may want to do any of the things that make up the sum of all of the fears expressed here they do not have the senate and those with the balance of power there are not going to be able to pass the  enabling legislation  to change very much of the status quo.

Secondly one thing that the review is right about is that the current welfare  system is very complicated and confusing both for those who now rely on it for their sustenance and for those who have to administer it.  Further to that there is the popular myth that getting on to the DSP is in any sense easy or that it is subject to a great deal of fraud. Frankly if this government were to find savings with better administration and simpler process without hurting any of the vulnerable I don’t think anyone would object. Given   the senate we have now I do expect some changes in the way that the department is run are very likely  to eventuate rather than this government doing to the disabled what Gillard did to single mothers .

On the matter of encouraging work, well its fine in principle but I find it difficult to believe that there is even enough unpaid volunteer work to viably engage  very many of the disabled especially when you consider the extra support that many of the disabled would need to be able to work at all. So if you are starting form a purely economic point of view it may well be that the cost of forcing or coercing  the “unwilling” disabled to “work” is far greater than the value of the work that they may be able to do. Further to this there has been no consideration of the contributions that so many disabled people make to their families and communities. Things like the child care and good old domestic duties that they do for their families and the contributions that they already make to their communities  with their involvement in a great deal of volunteering. Of course much of this is totally invisible to the general public who sadly think that  shows like “Housos ” is reality TV rather than greatly exaggerated satire. There certainly has to have  been  some fraud because  no system of welfare  can be immune to it. But there are enough checks and balances that make it less common than some would have us believe.

Taking that all on board I can’t help but think that this whole thing is a very big ambit claim because the government must know that they will not get the sort of changes that are mooted here through the senate so I think that their end game here  has to be to seek simpler and less expensive ways to administer the welfare system  while minimizing the possibility of having to run a gauntlet angry   starving cripples on the way to the next election,  because if they don’t tread lightly here  then the desire to reform welfare could become Tony Abbotts’  “Gimpchoices”  that sees their much needed tenure in the lodge cut short .

Cheers Comrades

Even a gimpy dog can have its day

Even a gimpy dog can have its day


  1. deknarf says:

    And hopefully the tenure of the Prime Winky Dill, his bunch of disingenous liars and their associated Neutered Poodles will be as brief as one term, unless there is a Double Dissolution! I’d convert to a religion, any religion, to see that happen!!

  2. Iain Hall says:

    Unless Labor really get their act together I can’t see them winning the next election or even the one after that.

  3. Ray Dixon says:

    I can’t help but think that this whole thing is a very big ambit claim

    No it’s not, Iain, it’s exactly what they want. If it were an ambit claim as you suggest why then don’t we see such ambit claims on the top end? Regardless of whether or not they can get this through the Senate or water it down the point is made – the Abbott Govt is anti-the disabled, anti-the elderly and anti-young people (anyone under 30). They can’t and won’t escape the backlash that will surely hit them hard at the next election, where in my opinion they will barely scrape home. *

    (* They’ll probably only get back because let’s face it – Bill ain’t PM material. Well, not yet)

  4. deknarf says:

    You may be right, but I remain hopeful that they will sort themselves out! The alternative of a continuation of the NO Coaliar trogdolytes is too horrible to contemplate! Mind you a Centralist party is looking very attractive to me at this point. Pity that there isn’t one on the horizon!

  5. Iain Hall says:

    The problem with your view of the current politics is that you seem to b visualising through “Kevin Rudd one man band Glasses” when there are clearly different individuals running different areas of policy. That said its like so many other attempts at reform its purveyors always ask for more than they know that they can either get through the parliament or make politically palatable to the electorate because they want to provoke outrage and then when they bring in more modest reforms they can say “see your worst fears were greatly exaggerated” That is how the game is played by the tories. Labor on the other hand make grandiose promises and build up the hopes of the people and then fail to deliver.


    You may be right, but I remain hopeful that they will sort themselves out!

    Their biggest short coming apart from trying to be pale watermelons is their lack of managerial ability, Oh yeah,as Ray says, their leader is crap too 😉

  6. Ray Dixon says:

    Iain, the problem with your theory is this game you claim they are playing is impacting deeply on people’s perceptions of the Coalition and the damage is already done regardless of how it now works out.

  7. Iain Hall says:

    people tend to forget things much quicker than you think Ray

  8. Ray Dixon says:

    Oh look a new post by ……………….. !!!

  9. Iain Hall says:

    there is now a “SEX” category Ray 😉

  10. SockPuppet says:

    Why tell “Ray” that Iain? And put it on me post please mate – god f*cken nose I need the comments.

  11. Iain Hall says:

    Bad Dog Socky!
    Now SIT! and master will you a pat on the head for being a good dog and doing doing a fun post!

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