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Do Mutual Obligation Breach Penalties Coerce Compliance with Government Expectations?

Schooneveldt, Simon P. (2004) Do Mutual Obligation Breach Penalties Coerce Compliance with Government Expectations? Australian Journal of Social Issues, 39(2), pp. 155-167.

Abstract

A Brisbane survey was conducted to examine some of the consequences of Centrelink breach penalties when applied to unemployment welfare recipients under the Howard Coalition Government’s ideology of Mutual Obligation. Fifty-six such recipients responded to the author’s survey by completing a questionnaire about their experiences after receiving one or more breach penalties. The consequences of being breached for those respondents are contrasted with the Coalition Government’s stated expectations for its Mutual Obligation driven breach penalty system. The background to the rise of Mutual Obligation as an ideology and the elevated incidence of breach penalties are briefly discussed, along with the report of the survey findings. Interestingly, two surprise findings are given specific focus as they offer new insight.

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ID Code: 1130
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Mutual Obligation, Centrelink, breaching, welfare, unemployment
ISSN: 0157-6321
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Social Policy (160512)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700) > Social Program Evaluation (160703)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Australian Council of Social Service
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 02 Jun 2005
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2010 22:38

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