• David Speers

    David Speers

  • Sabra Lane

    Sabra Lane

  • Laura Tingle

    Laura Tingle

  • Scott Morrison with the McClure Report

    Scott Morrison with the McClure Report

  • The Press, pressing

    The Press, pressing

  • Our Stories - Quality Matters, stories from early childhood educators across Australia

    Our Stories - Quality Matters, stories from early childhood educators across Australia

  • David Speers and Patrick McClure

    David Speers and Patrick McClure

  • Louise Billman and Angela Uhle present Scott Morrison with the book, Our Stories - Quality Matters

    Louise Billman and Angela Uhle present Scott Morrison with the book, Our Stories - Quality Matters

  • Patrick McClure greeting Scott MMorrison at the NPC

    Patrick McClure greeting Scott MMorrison at the NPC

  • Matt Williams and Zack McLennan

    Matt Williams and Zack McLennan

  • Marise Payne, Mitch Fifield and David Alexander

    Marise Payne, Mitch Fifield and David Alexander

  • Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Grahame Morris

    Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Grahame Morris

  • Alison Wright and Cherie Dewhurst

    Alison Wright and Cherie Dewhurst

  • Ellen Derrick and Sid Maharaj

    Ellen Derrick and Sid Maharaj

  • Finn Pratt and Lin Hatfield-Dodds

    Finn Pratt and Lin Hatfield-Dodds

  • Dennis Mahony, Melissa Ryan and George Thivedos

    Dennis Mahony, Melissa Ryan and George Thivedos

  • Barbara Livesey, Margaret Pearce, Belinda Catelli and  Robyn Priddle

    Barbara Livesey, Margaret Pearce, Belinda Catelli and Robyn Priddle

  • Sally Sinclair, Serena Wilson and Barbara Bennett

    Sally Sinclair, Serena Wilson and Barbara Bennett

  • and to all a good night.......

    and to all a good night.......

Scott Morrison @ National Press Club

25 February 2015

The eagerly awaited review of Australia’s welfare system by the commissioned independent reference group was presented by Minister Scott Morrison to the National Press club with the simplest outcome “that the best form of welfare is a job”.

We’ll be encouraged to work longer, the payment system is set to be simplified, and small business will get incentives to create jobs. Because the alternative is the social service sector “swallowing” the budget.

It was the ‘new and improved’ version of Scott Morrison giving his best performance of a kinder and more caring minister in a portfolio set to test his mettle while trying to erase memories of detention centres, boats being turned back and the tough attitude he brought to his former portfolio. And you precious grand parents who pick up the slack for your favourite littlies, will find a whole lot of lurv on Christmas mornings to come. Now I wasn't sure if that was because if you keep working you'll be able to buy whizz bang presents or that you'll be around longer because of  better medications and lots of new hips and knees. Whatever, Morrison's reference got a few laughs and a few cynical smirks from the press who'd heard it before on this current round of selling the McClure Report. 
 

At least he didn’t wear a ‘liberal’ blue tie; the red and white one with a crisp white shirt nearly as impressive as the unbuttoned pink shirt, beige trousers and fatherly demeanour reading to pre- schoolers, a photo op that says a whole lot more about the machinations of the party.