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Australian Law and Politics

Corporate welfare cheats: the real bludgers in Australian society


While Australia’s poor and marginalised are portrayed as “welfare cheats” by the LNP and right wing, the real welfare cheats are pocketing billions at the expense of the Australian taxpayer.

These are the large corporations, particularly their CEOs and executives, who receive handouts from the government that they don’t really need and are not really entitled to.

They are not the poor and the disenfranchised of Australian society. They are not struggling to survive like millions of Australians in need.

The LNP under John Howard changed the narrative of social security payments as being welfare, a pejorative term adopted to America to demonise and marginalise those receiving government benefits.

The connotations of the word welfare are generally perceived as negative, and is not how Australia’s social security scheme was originally envisaged.

All benefits paid by Centrelink should be classified as just that: benefits. Even social security payment or entitlements is far more accurate of how these payments were originally perceived by the government royal commission back in 1905-07.

Yet today, the recipients of this money are placed under constant scrutiny and attack by the government, with over one thousand sections the two social security acts designed to deny payments, and Centrelink constantly dreaming up new policies to claw back money already legally paid to people.

The most infamous of these was Robodebt, where the government illegally used income averaging to raise debts on over 400,000 people, leading to an estimated 2,000 suicides of vulnerable Australians.

Contrast this to the JobKeeper payments to corporate Australia. When this legislation was first introduced, the LNP government of the day promised that any money overpaid to employers would have to be repaid, yet there seems to be no documented cases of this actually happening.

Indeed, the government later backflipped and said the money wouldn’t need to be repaid. If Centrelink recipients have to repay overpayments, why not corporate Australia?

Consider also the case of QANTAS back in 2020, who laid off 9,000 employees and were rewarded by the government with billions of dollars in handouts. Little of this benefitted the sacked employees, but you can bet that a lot went into the pockets of their CEO, executives and shareholders.

Harvey Norman and Virgin were other companies that benefitted from JobKeeper, along with thousands of others.

The solution is simple. The Labor government has to undo these wrongs, and pass legislation to get the money returned.

This money would be better spent on the real victims of the economic downturn and rising unemployment – everyday Australians.

It’s time to stop this corporate theft.

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The costs of campaigning for changes to government legislation are considerable. If you appreciate this work, please consider donating so we can continue operating in this area.

The money raised will be spent on campaigning to state and federal MP s, as well as newspapers and other media across Australia, to improve social justice for all.

Please bear in mind that while I am a business consultant, I only work part time due to also being a disabled pensioner. I intend to take these matters to court, but that takes time and money.

Any money raised through donations will be kept in a separate bank account to cover these costs.

I would also welcome any help from legal professionals, or professionally qualified volunteers who are willing to assist.

The costs of campaigning for changes to government legislation are considerable. If you appreciate this work, please consider donating so we can continue operating in this area.

The money raised will be spent on campaigning to state and federal MP s, as well as newspapers and other media across Australia, to improve social justice for all.

Please bear in mind that while I am a business consultant, I only work part time due to also being a disabled pensioner. I intend to take these matters to court, but that takes time and money.

Any money raised through donations will be kept in a separate bank account to cover these costs.

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About Craig Hill

Social Justice Campaigner. Business and Education Consultant. Former Business/ESL Teacher. Lived in China and USA. Dealing with disability. My articles have been cited in New York Times, BBC, Fox News, Aljazeera, Philippines Star, South China Morning Post, National Interest, news.com.au, Wikipedia and many other international publications.

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One thought on “Corporate welfare cheats: the real bludgers in Australian society

  1. That much is true!
    The mythical figure of ‘Robin Hood’ in the forest somewhere in Nottingham was actually The Great King Richard the ‘Lionheart’ of the roundtable etc.
    If you don’t believe me look up the History books, you won’t find it in movies or the internet?

    Posted by Steve D | January 11, 2023, 15:39

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