A Decent Provision: Australia Welfare Policy, 1870 to 1949

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2011 - Political Science - 270 pages
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This book is a narrative history of how and why Australia built a distinctive welfare regime, from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century. It places the development of a welfare state in the 1940s in the context of what had gone before, showing that choices made in earlier decades constrained and still constrain what could then, and can now be imagined. It discusses the pre-history of a welfare system, and how Australia went from being a social laboratory at the start of the twentieth century to a 'welfare laggard' by mid-century.
 

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Contents

On Not Having a Poor Law
7
Oldage Pensions
55
The Commonwealth Laboratory
81
A Parallel Welfare State for Veterans
107
Maternalism and National Insurance
129
The Depression
157
National Insurance 19381939
183
Labors Welfare State 19411949
203
Conclusion
227
Bibliography
241
Index
263
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Associate Professor John Murphy, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne, Australia

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