On Tuesday I will be facilitating a discussion about the above topic.
I'd be very appreciative of ASF members' opinions on this.
Do you think the Social Security system (Centrelink) for the most part looks after the needs of our society?
Do you think we are too paternalistic and should apply tougher restrictions as to who receives benefits?
Do you think self funded retireees are treated fairly in that they don't receive the concessions which are available to people on government pensions?
i.e. if they have planned and saved sufficiently well to not quality for a government pension, should they not be rewarded by having access to reduced rates, registration, pharmaceuticals etc?
Is the $4000 baby bonus actually going to the people whose children are going to benefit our society? Or are many of these children destined to grow up as yet another link in the chain of multi-generational welfare?
Should more of Australia's surplus wealth be spent on assisting people with mental illness, or dental schemes, or simply to prop up our ailing hospitals?
All suggestions would be very welcome.
Could you perhaps score the system out of ten: i.e. a '1' means you think the system is entirely dysfunctional and unequal, and a '10' means you think it's really useful, very fair and equitable.