KEVIN ANDREWS ”NOT PROPOSING ANYTHING”…EXCEPT FOR PENSION CUTS

March 03, 2014


Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has admitted on radio this morning that he has no real proposals about how get people off welfare and into work.

When asked about the details of his welfare policies this morning, Kevin Andrews admitted:

“…we’re not proposing anything at the moment.”

ABC Newsradio, 3 March 2014

This comes after Kevin Andrews spent yet another weekend floating thought bubbles about how to cut support for vulnerable Australians – with no positive ideas on how to get people off welfare and into work.

The Abbott Government can’t tell us their positive plans because they don’t have any – all they have are secret plans to cut support for vulnerable Australians, like people with disability.

We see these thought bubbles week after week:

  • Kevin Andrews’ thought bubble on a new welfare payment to replace Newstart and the Disability Support Pension (Daily Telegraph, Sunday 2 March 2014).
  • Kevin Andrews’ thought bubble on cutting people with mental illness off the Disability Support Pension (the Australian, Saturday 22 February 2014).
  • Kevin Andrews’ thought bubble on cutting young people off the Disability Support Pension (Daily Telegraph, Saturday 25 January 2014)
  • Kevin Andrews’ thought bubble on cutting the Disability Support Pension from people under the age of 40 (the Australian, Tuesday 21 January 2014).
  • Kevin Andrews’ thought bubble on a non-existent ‘European style’ welfare spending crisis in Australia (ABC radio, Tuesday 21 January 2014).
  • Kevin Andrews’ thought bubble on a ‘two tiered system’ to stop people accessing the Disability Support Pension (Daily Telegraph, Sunday 22 December 2013).

This is a classic Coalition tactic: create a sense of crisis, victimise a vulnerable group and then cut their support. 

If Mr Andrews wants to do something positive, he can start by ruling out any cuts the pension – something the Prime Minister refused to do in Parliament last week.

This government has no real plan for jobs, and no real plan for getting people off welfare and into work. All the Government is doing is softening people up for savage cuts to vulnerable Australians, so that Tony Abbott can pay $75,000 to wealthy women to have a baby.

It shows how twisted their priorities are.

MONDAY, 3 MARCH 2014

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