Fascism Australian style


Richard Moore


New law to quarantine all welfare payments

WELFARE recipients across Australia face compulsory income-management under a Rudd government move to ensure their payments are not being wasted on alcohol, drugs or gambling.

Under legislation to be introduced into the House of Representatives today, the government will have the power to require that 50 per cent of a welfare recipient’s payments be quarantined for spending on food and the essentials of life.

The significant welfare reform, in part an extension of elements of the government’s controversial intervention into indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, is designed to protect children from neglect and reduce family violence.

Families Minister Jenny Macklin’s legislation will embrace income-management as a central element of the welfare system in perpetuity.

And the minister will also announce she will maintain the government’s intervention into Northern Territory indigenous communities, including bans on alcohol and pornography.

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