Of Good Character and Deserving of a Pension: Moral and Racial Provisions in Australian Social Security Jordan, Alan en_US 2021-11-25T16:16:35Z 2021-11-25T16:16:35Z 1989 en_US
dc.description.abstract This report takes as its starting point the view that the nature of any social institution. including a system of income security, is better understood if it is seen in historical depth and historical context. A definitive history of the Australian social security system remains to be written, although the calendar of major events and legislative changes are documented in the writings of Professor T H Kewley and in various publications released by the Commonwealth Department of Social Security. In relation to the subject matter of this report, for example, to know that moral provisions were enacted in 1908, said by the Minister responsible in 1971 to have fallen into disuse and (nearly all) repealed in 1974, is to know very little. The reality of a statutory provision owes much to those who administer it – judges, ministers and public servants and the present paper concentrates on what the administrators did with the provisions, and why they did those things. The moral provisions discussed in the report were never as monstrous in practice as might have been imagined, but they serve to raise the question of the ethical standards and purposes that they brought to the system of income security, and of the obligations imposed on the people who make claims on it. If honest acceptable answers to such questions cannot be found it may be that we are acting as the blind instruments of economic forces at best, or of prejudice at worst. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 085823825 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Social Welfare Research Centre en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Reports and Proceedings en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other History en_US
dc.subject.other Social Security en_US
dc.subject.other Australia en_US
dc.title Of Good Character and Deserving of a Pension: Moral and Racial Provisions in Australian Social Security en_US
dc.type Working Paper en
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unsw.identifier.doi Sydney en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofworkingpapernumber 77 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Jordan, Alan, Social Policy Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US Social Policy Research Centre *
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