The evolution of Liberal Party attitudes to the less well-off

By Irfan Yusuf
Updated April 24 2018 - 10:55pm, first published January 13 2017 - 3:09pm

Just six days before Christmas, federal Treasurer Scott Morrison was boasting about his grand plans for tackling the deficit. He told us a huge pot of savings being made to the mid-year economic fiscal outlook (or MYEFO) arising from, amongst other things, a welfare fraud prevention crack-down worth some $4 billion over four years. The MYEFO-related announcements dominated headlines, with much made of the move against "welfare fraud", also known in tabloid speak as "rackets" engaged in by "dole bludgers".

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