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Do you feel it is part of the Government's responsibility to support the less fortunate?
To a point and then they're on their own
Other,please leave a comment
  • Total votes: 971
  • Poll ended: Sat 29 Nov. 2014, 6:00 AM

Suggested by alilattz

Poll Comments (47)

Comment by midroc

Mon 11 Aug. 2014, 8:26 PM

Yes, the democratic system is design to support all layers of the society including the most disadvantaged.

Comment by princesskessie

Sun 10 Aug. 2014, 3:24 PM

Absolutely. Stop giving corporate welfare (such as mining subsidies and disgusting tax breaks) to the already obscenely wealthy and instead create jobs (by supporting the faltering manufacturing sector instead of sending it offshore) for those who want to work but can't get a job or those struggling with disabilities or advanced age that make it hard or impossible to earn a living wage. Wealth re-distribution should be the primary goal of any government.

Comment by Will0w

Sat 09 Aug. 2014, 2:35 PM

Absolutely, Australia is after all a welfare state. I disagree completely with Adam Smith's supply and demand Wealth of Nations philosophy, not all who are finding times tough are lazy or stupid, just as all who are well off aren't motivated and highly intelligent. I believe early intervention is the best policy as generational poverty, unemployment and school disengagement are all cycles that need to be broken. The economy will benefit most, helping isn't supporting people to be lazy it's giving them the opportunity to be consumers (which is all the govt wants us to be anyway). The govt can't keep supporting big business tax cuts for Rhinehart etc. while punishing the less fortunate, they are risking the false conscious becoming the class conscious which will lead to changes they cannot comprehend in their little 1%er minds.

Comment by Debby2

Fri 08 Aug. 2014, 11:00 AM

Absolutely. It should be means tested as is. To not support these people is totally cruel. The alternative to supporting them is to simply dump them on the street to starve and that is seriously cruel. If you want people to be self funded retirees then you need to make sure they had the means to fund their retirement. Many mature age people on welfare today had no super and no means to fund their retirement. Do we simply abandon them? It would be kinder to bring in euthanasia.

Comment by MrsAdventure

Fri 08 Aug. 2014, 10:23 AM

To a point yes I do because not all people in society are able to support themselves etc. Mental illness is a big issue in todays society such as depression and thrown in the too hard basket. People with these kind of issues are less fortunate simply from not being able to hold down a steady Job and other circumstances.
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