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UE figures - Richardson should start carving the fat off of DSS and handing it over to the needy



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SHADOW MINISTER FOR SOCIAL SECURITY

NEWS RELEASE UB FIGURES - RICHARDSON SHOULD START CARVING THE FAT OFF OF DSS AND HANDING IT OVER TO THE NEEDY

Today's appalling figures on unemployment and unemployment beneficiaries add further to the obvious need for significantly increased funding to voluntary and other non-government welfare agencies.

With every State but New South Wales with an unemployment rate above 10% and an increase of over 222,000 or 57.2% in the number of Australians on the dole during the year to April, the recent $2 million provided by the Government to non-government welfare organisations at the coalface is simply pathetic.

Despite the fact that agencies such as the Salvation Army, Brotherhood of St Laurence, the Smith Family, Wesley Central Mission and St Vincent de Paul are being swamped by requests for money and other assistance the Government seems to have an

ideological mindset against providing assistance other than through Government Departments.

There is certainly much fat within the bureaucracy which could be shaved off and handed over to non-government welfare

organsiations: for instance last year DSS spent almost $800 million on "administration" including:

* almost $8 million hiring Commonwealth Cars

* over $1/4 million on producing 48 videos including one featuring the four final tenders for the DSS corporate wardrobe

* $45,000 to support an ACTU advertising campaign

If the Government's economic policies can't ease the pain it should at least make sufficient resources available to those who can.

For further information contact: Senator Richard Alston on [06] 277 3605.

9 May 1991.

COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY M1CAH