February 06, 2014

Yet more independent research has confirmed what Labor, world leading experts and respected commentators have been saying - Kevin Andrews’ claims of a European-style welfare expenditure crisis are a complete fabrication.

Kevin Andrews’ claims now lie in tatters. 

As referenced in today’s Australian, new analysis from the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) found that in the last 12 years, Australia’s welfare spending has in fact decreased as a share of total expenditure.

This latest analysis from NATSEM adds to the growing body of evidence that exposes Mr Andrews’ false claims.

Earlier this week (Monday 3 February 2014), the ABC’s Fact Check exposed Mr Andrews’ claims as completely false, citing information from Treasury’s 2010 Intergenerational Report, forecasting that welfare spending as a proportion of GDP will remain steady over the next three decades.

NATSEM’s analysis is also consistent with OECD evidence cited by Labor, showing the Australia is one of the lowest spenders on welfare in the world. 

It is quite clear that Kevin Andrews is deliberately fabricating a welfare crisis to prepare the community for a savage round of cuts, so that Tony Abbott can pay $75,000 to wealthy women to have a baby.

These are the kind of twisted priorities we have come to expect from this cruel Government.


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