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Whiteford, Peter: is welfare sustainable?

Whiteford, Peter

Is welfare sustainable?Inside Story, 22 November 2015

Looks at recent government statements about social services expenditure then moves on to detailed historical consideration of the issue. Most of the graphs go back to 1995 and cover, for example, the proportion of aged people receiving income support (note big reduction in numbers receiving Department of Veterans’ Affairs support), proportion of working-age population receiving income support (big decline), age group trends, payments to women, disabled people, sole parents, and overall trends in spending.

The article concludes:

The article links to a 2014 piece by the same author covering similar issues. More on inequality and related subjects in our collection.