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Do the lived experiences of people who have been breached by Centrelink match the expectation and intent of the Howard Government?

Schooneveldt, Simon P. (2002) Do the lived experiences of people who have been breached by Centrelink match the expectation and intent of the Howard Government? Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

In the past three years, the number of breach penalties applied by Centrelink to welfare recipients have more than trebled, with some 349,000 incidences reported for the 2000-2001 year. This Masters Degree research study examines the lived experience of some individuals who have been breached by Centrelink, to ascertain whether their lived experiences accord with the stated policy expectations and intent of the Howard Government. Government policy statements are identified from the literature, as are a range of alternative viewpoints and critiques offered by commentators.

A qualitative research survey instrument was developed. Survey data was collected from people passing on the footpath outside three Brisbane Centrelink offices. Fifty-six individuals who stated they had been breached at least once responded. The results of primary and secondary analysis of the collected data is presented in the findings, followed by discussion as to how the lived experiences of the unemployed respondents matched Government expectation and intent

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ID Code: 85
Item Type: Thesis
Keywords: Welfare, Policy, Unemployment, Breaching policy, Centrelink, Mutual obligation, Activity tests, Work for the Dole, Breach Penalties, Income Support, Social Security
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) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Social Policy (160512)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700) > Counselling Welfare and Community Services (160702)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Department: Humanities and Human Services
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 10 Jun 2004
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:21

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