Audio interview

Greens Senator Rachel Siewart on New Zealand's social welfare model

30 Jul 2015

A review of Australia's welfare system by Patrick McClure proposed that we adopt the 'investment approach' to welfare that's used in New Zealand.

The policy has been championed by Australia's Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison, as a way of both improving outcomes and saving money.

The investment approach estimates the likely lifetime benefit costs for everyone on welfare - the so-called 'future liability' - and then targets resources at those with the highest future liability.

Greens Senator Rachel Siewart has just been in New Zealand to take a first hand look at how the model is being implemented.

Siewart met with government leaders, community agencies, researchers and welfare recipients to investigate if this model has potential to work here in Australia.

Rachel Siewart joins Fran Kelly on RN Breakfast.

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