Should New Zealand’s welfare system be adopted in Australia?

Social Services Minister Christian Porter says a new approach is needed to get people into jobs.

St Vincent de Paul Society National Council CEO, Dr John Falzon, says it is unfair to assume unemployment and poverty is a behavioural, rather than a social issue.

“If we are serious about getting people into jobs, let’s look at the job market,” he told ABC television's Lateline program on Monday night.

“Rather than looking at individuals and pretending that the deficit lies with them, let’s look at the failures in the labour market. Let’s not dress up a labour market failure, as a personal failure.”

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Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Broadcast: 19/09/2016

Reporter: Emma Alberici