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Welfare Changes Must Not Hurt Vulnerable Victorians

25 February 2015

The Andrews Labor Government has put the Abbott Government on notice that welfare changes proposed by the McClure Report must not disadvantage vulnerable Victorians.

The Labor Government will examine the Review’s recommendations and assess its likely effects on welfare recipients and their families in Victoria.

We will push to make sure that people receive enough to live on, that people being encouraged to transition to work receive appropriate support, and that people with psychiatric or psychological disabilities are not disadvantaged.

We will fight hard to ensure any changes to eligibility for payments, especially for those receiving the disability support pension, have no implications for housing and homelessness.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability, Ageing and Mental Health, Martin Foley

“Scott Morrison needs to make it clear that Victorians with a disability will not be worse off.”

“Today was an opportunity for Scott Morrison to detail his proposed changes and give certainty to vulnerable Victorians. Instead, people with a disability and their families are now preparing for another round of Abbott Government cuts.”

“I am concerned by suggestions that the 30 per cent of people on disability support who have psychiatric or psychological conditions could be targeted.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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