By Philip Mendes
Considers the jobs performed by way of the major political events, foyer teams and ideologies in deciding on Australia’s present welfare-related results.
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In 1987, for example, the Centre of Policy Studies think-tank at Monash University published Spending and Taxing: Australian Reform Options at a cost of $500 000 to various employer groups associated with the New Right (Murphy, 1987: 180). A more recent estimate by Ian Marsh (2000) suggests a combined income of approximately $4–5 million in 1998. 3 million. The IPA enjoys annual funding of approximately $1 million, about one third of which is raised from large mining and manufacturing companies (Beder, 1997: 82).
The backbenchers campaigned for free-market ideas in a number of policy areas, calling for smaller government, low inflation, lower protection, lower taxation, an attack on trade union privileges, the sale of public enterprises, and welfare cuts. They advocated the ‘direction of welfare towards the truly needy’ as opposed to what they called ‘middle-class welfare’ (Kelly, 1992: 34–39). The Liberal free-marketeers based their ideas on the classical liberal doctrines of eighteenth-century anti-collectivist philosopher and economist Adam Smith, the Austrian theorist Friedrich Hayek and the American economist Milton Friedman.
28 • AUSTRALIA’S WELFARE WARS In response, Esping-Andersen argues that the liberalisation of the Australian economy over the last two decades has eroded the ‘social democratic’ features of the Australian welfare state. In particular, the large increases in unemployment and sole-parent families accompanied by greater wage inequality have undermined the traditional emphasis on egalitarian outcomes (Esping-Andersen, 1999: 89–90). There is no doubt that the Australian model now faces far greater fiscal and political challenges than in the past.
Australia's Welfare Wars: The Players, the Politics and the Ideologies by Philip Mendes