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A farewell to Australia's welfare state.
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PMID:  11562004     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
For much of the postwar period, the Australian welfare state has been misunderstood by overseas social policy commentators. The lack of generosity of welfare payments has been substantially compensated for by a system of wage regulation that has prevented waged poverty and delivered a reduced disparity of incomes. The strong emphasis on means-testing of benefits has not had the stigmatizing effects of benefit selectivity elsewhere, since Australian means tests are designed to exclude the well-off rather than focus benefits exclusively on the very poor and Australian means-testing has been nondiscretionary in character. Policy changes in the 1980s and 1990s, and most particularly under the present Liberal Coalition government, have undermined these distinctive aspects of welfare Australian-style, and it is no longer possible to defend the Australian welfare state from its critics.
F G Castles
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of health services : planning, administration, evaluation     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0020-7314     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Health Serv     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-09-19     Completed Date:  2001-12-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1305035     Medline TA:  Int J Health Serv     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  537-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Social Policy, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
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MeSH Terms
Eligibility Determination / economics,  legislation & jurisprudence*
Income / classification
Public Policy*
Social Class
Social Security / economics*,  legislation & jurisprudence
Social Welfare / economics*,  legislation & jurisprudence

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