Andrew Forrest lashes ‘mediocrity of small politics’ in welfare reform

Andrew Forrest lashes ‘mediocrity of small politics’ in welfare reform, by Sarah Martin.

A key adviser to the federal ­government on welfare reform has hit out at “the mediocrity of small politics” in Australia … Taking aim at critics of reform, Mr Forrest said under the present system, “the reward is equal for laziness as it is for effort” and said some advocates were “ignoring hard evidence” that children were going to school “starving”.

“We continue to reward parents for not sending their children to school, which is generally agreed (to be) one of the greatest single forms of child abuse.” Mr Forrest said he had won the support of all state and territory governments to share attendance data with the federal government so parents who “simply can’t be bothered” sending their children to school were penalised.

hat-tip Stephen Neil