The idea is that the government should track the lives of welfare recipients more closely and intervene in ways that forestall them remaining on welfare. This is sensible.
The Australian Labor Party national conference begins this week. Among other matters, Labor has to rid itself of the socialist objective and, in the process, find a new objective.
Struggle Street, the erroneously labelled “poverty porn” SBS documentary about the shocking lives of three families in Sydney’s Mount Druitt, was confronting viewing. The series was as good as a Ken Loach, whose Cathy Come Home (1966) depicted homelessness in England.