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Disability, poverty and living standards: reviewing Australian evidence and policies<sup>1</sup>

Peter Saunders

in Cash and care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9781861348562
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301615 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348562.003.0006
Disability, poverty and living standards: reviewing Australian evidence and policies1

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This chapter examines the circumstances of households that contain disabled members in the context of proposed reforms to the main income support programme for disabled people, the Disability Support Pension. After briefly reviewing the Australian policy context, it compares the economic circumstances of those who have a disability or long-term health condition with those who do not. It then reviews community attitudes to mutual obligation for unemployed people and disabled people (a major theme in the welfare reform debate). The final section summarises the main conclusions of the chapter.

Keywords: households; disabled people; income support programme; Disability Support Pension; welfare reform

Chapter.  5742 words. 

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