David Uren - The Australian
SOCIAL Services Minister Scott Morrison has unveiled a plan to cut the $150 billion welfare bill with a mix of carrots and sticks to lift workforce participation, which he concedes will require abandoning measures stalled in the Senate such as the six-month wait for young people to get the dole.
Mr Morrison says that measure “obviously hasn’t attracted support” but he is trying to focus negotiations with Senate crossbenchers on closing the three black holes in the welfare system: the alarming numbers dropping out of the workforce among young men, women raising families and older workers.
“Our goal is to get these people into work, get people back to work and get people to stay in work in those three critical participation-gap areas,” he told The Weekend Australian.
Mr Morrison said tinkering with different welfare policies could not achieve major savings in welfare spending, which consumes about a third of the federal budget.