Australian Social Security
Australian Social Security Centrelink helps
Australian social security fails the farmers
Welcome to our article (87) Australian Social Security
Dear readers, this article that we are writing here in a way is the continuation of our last article, Farming is still a risky business, because we will continue to talk about the farmers and why they don’t get social security payment from the government, like most people do.
Today the Australian Social Security is helping lots of people, but it is not perfect that is why it has not helped the farmers this time. Anyhow, we will think about the reason why this is happening, and then, we will write what can be done in the future to avoid this happening again. I believe that the social security should help anybody that needs help, at least the name itself suggests that. So, we are going to write about this issue, in this article and the following articles that will follow.
Here, our views are based on how we see what is happening today, about farming and the drought, so, the first question is; why the Australian social security system has failed to help the farmers.We believe that the Australian social security can do better than it is doing, so, let us see why the Australian social security is failing to help the farmers. Now let me explain, this article is based on our personal views, so, some information may not be correct. So, if you want more and better information about the Australian Social Security system, you should follow these links, Social security in Australia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_security_in_Australia, Benefits and Payments - Australia.gov.au, and many other links that can be found on the internet.
Anyhow, from what is happening, the government is failing to help the farmers when they need help. We believe that the Australian social security system that we call Centrelink has failed to help the farmers, because it has not been planned to help them from the beginning, as we will explain as we go on writing more articles. Anyhow, we were talking about the drought and the farmers that are having a very hard time, so, we were saying that all this hardship could be minimized, if government aids from the Social Security System was more readily available to the farmers, but the present social security system has failed to help the farmers, we hope that a lesson is learned and something is done soon to avoid more hardship. Anyhow, the question here is why the social security has failed to help?
Once you ask that question and look for the reasons, (here we are talking about Australia and not comparing Australia to the rest of the world), you realize that in Australia not everybody is treated the same, when we talk about the current social security system. People are treated different because they belong to different categories; let us mention a few, there are: the-have and the-have-not; there are the workers that work for wages; there are the self-employed; there are the farmers, which we could say are self-employed, and others; anyhow, when people go to Centrelink the social security government agencies for help, the agencies do what they can according to where these people belong and other things, so, let us see some imaginary examples how this works.
Australian Centrelink offices helps people
How the social security works
Let us start from the working people; when people that work for a wage, become unemployed and they are not earning any money, even if this income comes in from other sources, they can go to Centrelink, where they can apply to receive the unemployment benefit from the government; this means that the government gives them some money, until they find another job to go to and can earn their living. This system is called social security and it is good, it is like receiving a small wage to help you survive, so, it helps the workers when they don’t have a job and need financial help.
Now the only problem with this system is that not all categories are treated the same, which is something that needs to be studied and some adjustment made; you see, some categories may not receive help because they belong to a certain category, even if they earn no money and have no money, like the farmers today, this is the problem that exist today. You see, the farmers cannot turn to the government for help, because they are self-employed, and they are supposed to be rich, okay they are rich, because they own a lot of land, so, the assets test will exclude them from any government help; in this case there is no social security for the farmers. The only thing we can add here is that, it does not seem right that when the farmers need help, there is no help available. This is the reason why the social security system is failing the farmers, it is not set to help those people that cannot earn money even when they work hard, in the hope they can earn their living. But I believe that these people must be helped, because they are the backbone of the Australian economy, therefore, we cannot afford to lose them.
I believe that the assets test should not override the income test completely in some cases, this suggestion does not apply only to the farmers, because the assets test is also making life miserable to pensioners that own properties, when those properties cannot earn half the money the assets test believe they could. So, in my views the assets test needs to be modified. Anyhow, we are not going into details about this issue right now, because it will become self-explained as we write more articles about it. We only wanted to say that there are issues that need to be fixed from the federal government.
Let us look at the political reasons
Anyhow, I want to point it out to you, that in our previous articles we have started to talk about the farmers, but slowly we find ourselves to talk about assets test and politics. Now, what is happening at the Australian federal government level is not right, they needs to work better what the people need, and how the people are affected when they make their budgets, I believe that this is one of the reasons why Australia is having problems today, some of these political people that become treasurers are heartless and careless, they have made many mistakes that has affected the public adversely, some of these mistakes need to be fixed, the public is not going to forget easily what they have done, so, they are going to run the risk of loosing their next elections, on this issue alone. But let us compare what is happening now to the past. I believe that in the past it was better, at least this is the way I have seen it happen.
Anyhow, in the past as far as I know there was no assets test in the seventies, it was introduced later to stop some people that were abusing the system, also because the government needed more money. Now, let us try to see and discuss some of the reasons that apply today, which takes us to see that the federal government is greedy, because they want more money. So, here we need to look at who are the people that make these decisions.
Of course, they are the politicians that we send to Canberra parliament to govern us, since the government is formed from the political parties. Now it becomes evident that it is what these political parties represent, believe and preach that are going to make the future laws and budgets that parliament will pass, to govern Australia.
So, let us talk about the Australian politics, who represents who and to which party the group of people may belong and other things. Since this is a different issue that influences the outcome, we will talk about this in our next article the Australian political parties, where we will try to explain how we see them. See you soon.