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The 'bludger' mantra won't help us improve DSP

7 Oct 2014
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One in 20 working-age Australians receive disability support, but it's not helpful to assert without evidence that welfare fraud is driving these numbers.

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The Daily Telegraph's recent report about websites that allegedly coach welfare fraudsters on how to claim the Disability Support Pension (DSP) highlights some of the challenges the Government faces in ensuring that the $16 billion spent annually on DSP goes to those who need it.

DSP is more complicated than other pensions. The reason we never hear about age pension "rorters" is that it is easy for the Government to verify whether a claimant has reached the eligibility age. But not all disabilities are "manifest" in this same way.

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