Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin Chief Executive, CEDA
Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin has had a long and distinguished background in the Australian Parliament, academia and the private sector.
And it sounds like he is as fed up as most of us at poor leadership.
It is an absolute disgrace and a damning indictment on governments of all persuasions that in a first world economy that has experienced uninterrupted growth for more than 23 years between one and 1.5 million of our fellow Australians are currently experiencing the worst form of entrenched disadvantage arising out of poverty.Under the current public policy regime, those classed as being in entrenched disadvantage have little to no hope of ever being able to move out of poverty. Australians should be both appalled and alarmed by these figures.And for those that don’t find those figures appalling from a societal perspective, keep this in mind. While we fail to invest in the extra layer of support needed to help people get permanently out of entrenched disadvantage the cost of welfare to taxpayers will continue to increase. What is most concerning is that governments, both Liberal and Labor, have focused almost exclusively on labour market solutions to this problem – the ‘big stick’ approach telling people they’ve got to get a job or face even further financial disadvantage.
Source: Australia must do more to address entrenched disadvantage: Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin