I’m no fan of capitalism, but for so long as we have to live under it, we need a strong social welfare net to “catch” those people who the “free market” would prefer to leave destitute: those who cannot work (either because they cannot work or because they cannot find suitable employment) and those who are working but still not earning enough to make ends meet. Everyone deserves to live with digity. Sadly, Australia’s welfare system is currently very lacking, with those who have made it “into the system” facing constant harassment and mismanagement for a paltry fortnightly payment that is not truly liveable in modern Australia.
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