Social welfare experiments in Australia: More trials for Aboriginal families?

Billings, Peter (2010) Social welfare experiments in Australia: More trials for Aboriginal families?. Journal of Social Security Law, 17 3: 164-197.

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Author Billings, Peter
Title Social welfare experiments in Australia: More trials for Aboriginal families?
Journal name Journal of Social Security Law   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1354-7747
Publication date 2010-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 17
Issue 3
Start page 164
End page 197
Total pages 34
Editor Neville Harris
Desmond Rutledge
Emma Laurie
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Sweet & Maxwell
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
180101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law
940406 Legal Processes
1801 Law
Formatted abstract
This article addresses contemporary welfare-payment reforms simultaneously being trialled in selected parts of Australia that signify dramatic shifts in public policy. Several different measures, motivated by the idea of mutual obligations, operate on the premise that managing or withholding welfare support payments can engender behavioural change in adults. Federal and state governments claim that these social-engineering experiments are necessary to prevent child abuse and neglect, enhance school attendance rates and tackle social disorder in Aboriginal communities. This article examines the catalyst for the trials and their theoretical foundation. It draws attention to the commonalities between past and present approaches to Aboriginal wellbeing and evaluates whether the measures can be regarded as contrary to international human-rights law, in particular, the obligation to provide social security without discrimination.
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Keyword Aboriginal wellbeing
International human-rights law
Social security
Welfare payment reforms
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published as Research Paper No. 10-15

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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