::At the end of the day, if you don't like your lot in life, do something about it. Sure some people can't, that sucks and we should make sure they are taken care of, but there are a lot of lazy people out there who would rather whinge than get off their backsides and change their fortune. In Australia everyone can do it, to say otherwise is just a lie.::
I agree with your sentiments but how can you know for sure how many of the people on welfare aren't in desperate need of it?
Graeme Innes' outgoing speech at the National Press Club recently was quite an eye opener for me in terms of the discrimination and hardships endured by disabled people. As the former Disability Discrimination Commissioner, one of the more interesting issues he raised was the fact that most disabled people want to be able to work and contribute but rarely get the opportunity - they don't necessarily want to be on welfare. I've worked in quite a few places and I don't think I've ever seen any disabled people employed in the companies - quite shocking now that I think about it.
Anyway my point is even when people are willing to get off the or backsides so to speak the opportunities aren't available for them. Now if you throw in discrimination - just think about the barriers they have before they even start looking.
Your point about equal opportunity for everyone, while I would hope it is the case - I don't think it is an even playing field for a lot of Australians.
i'm still in a state of shock that News Limited's Liberal Party are just doing what they want.
i watched a two bit journalist from the australian on q and a tell Joseph Stiglitz to 'move on' from talking about a mining type tax after norway had proven it works (best education system, richest country etc).