"Charity Urges Tough Love" say today's Daily Telegraph (http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/the-disability-welfare-system-in-australia-is-broken/story-e6freuy9-1226614493682)
We even get a mention.
That said, the headline is misleading, "Tough Love" doesn't create work where this is none and subsidising the employment of people with disability doesn't work either!
There is a huge number of people on the DSP both capable and keen to work and these individuals should be encouraged and supported.
The issue not stated but the root of the problem has lain in the perverse disincentives built into the previous disability employment service contract - it did not pay service providers to seek meaningful long term employment. The rating system used has led to the loss of almost 60 excellent providers and a historically unequalled brain drain from the industry.
Unfortunately major reform is required with different indicators of genuine performance related to the reduction of DSP benefits (yes, I know that would seem obvious but it doesn't happen).
Will we get that?
Not until we have people that actually understand the needs of people with disability and some experience in their transition from welfare recipient to taxpayer making the rules.
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