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Only 18%? Why ACOSS is wrong to be complacent about welfare dependency

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Social security Australia
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A new report from ACOSS accepts that welfare dependency among working age Australians has reached 18 per cent, but denies this is a problem. It says that Australia still spends less on welfare than many other developed countries, and argues we should be expanding welfare rather than worrying about it. Peter Saunders says that the report is complacent, for mass welfare dependency is a problem, not only financially, but in the debilitating effects on claimants themselves.

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