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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.