Category Archives: Social issues

Justice isn’t blind, it’s biased

Published in The Sun-Herald, 1 April 2012

Chances are, you’re a criminal. I know I am. Not the bad kind – the benign kind, who just happens to snap a few laws going about my daily business. Jaywalking, maybe dumping a sly coffee cup when I can’t find a bin, riding a bike without a helmet, driving a little bit too fast on some roads. Low-level internet piracy, not buckling up in cabs. Actually the list goes on. But all in all a middle-class kind of a criminal, who doesn’t cause harm to anyone. So why do these laws exist?

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Welfare recipients get the bad end of the stick

Published Sydney Morning Herald, 13 May 2011

Each year we spend billions of dollars on helping people in need. Then they and their lobby groups and the politicians who claim to speak on their behalves complain that it’s not enough. We call it a Budget.

This year’s Budget includes money to help people suffering from a disability back into work, money to help families on above average wages manage the cost of a family and money for people who live in remote areas to live better. Are they glad of it? Apparently not. There’s either too little, the targeting is too judgmental or they still don’t ‘feel’ rich.

It’s hard to imagine our society without its unwieldy welfare component these days. As a tax payer it’s easy to feel indignant. But really it’s welfare recipients who get the bad end of the stick.

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