Compart mentalising lives a major problem, says former DHS boss

“Disadvantage isn’t being between jobs or your mortgage has gone up. True disadvantage is you can be discharged from hospital with a five pound baby to a motel for two nights, without anybody knowing what’s going to happen to you next.

“Part of the problem is that we’re prepared to look at statistics that show what a good story we can tell. Australia can tell the story that it has one of the most targeted welfare systems in the world, so that the people who need help get it.

“But you can also say that we have one of the meanest welfare systems in the world because the people who need help are not getting the holistic assistance they need.” - Patricia Faulkner, former secretary of the Victorian Department of Human Services.

Authored By David Donaldson for The Mandarin

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