Sunraysia’s battlers need welfare fair go: Agency warning on reform proposal

MALLEE Family Care’s Lisa-Maree Stevens has warned against a “knee-jerk reaction” to welfare reform proposals.
Nanjing Night Net

Worry: Lisa-Maree Stevens has concerns on the welfare reforms.

The community services director said she hoped the Federal Government would spend time considering the recommendations made after the review of Australia’s welfare system before acting.

The A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes report, released this week, proposes changes to “make Australia’s welfare system fairer, more effective, coherent and sustainable and encourage people to work”.

The report result of an independent review into the nation’s $150 billion welfare system, commissioned by the government in December 2013.

“I would like the government to consider longer-term what impact this would have on the vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our community,” Ms Stevens said.

“We do live in an area where there are less jobs, so they need to consider how people are meant to get jobs.

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