Laming Lectures

Andrew Laming is giving a talk on welfare reform at 3.30pm at the National Museum tomorrow, as part of the ANU Demography & Sociology Program’s 2006 Australian Social and Economic Policy Lecture Series. Full details over the fold.

Personal Identification and Australia’s Welfare System
‘The Studio’, The National Museum of Australia Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula
Andrew Laming, Federal Member for Bowman
Tuesday May 30, 3.30pm

ABSTRACT: Where the tax base shrinks and welfare dependency ratios rise, taxpayers demand better targeted assistance. Mutual obligation, reciprocity and tailored services seek to break down the homogenous monolith of public services. Examples include Job Networks, exclusions in private health insurance, health management plans, independent, welfare conditionality, indigenous reform and the Access Card. So is this policy tailoring actually undermining individual choice? Are changes being driven by political agendas, international policy transfer, a generational shift or merely the advances in technology and information flows?

BACKGROUND: Since his 2004 election to the federal seat of Bowman in Queensland, Andrew Laming has written a range of provocative social sector papers on topics ranging from health care and pharmaceutical benefits to welfare and school reform. After graduating Medicine from the University of Queensland and rural general practice, he gained obstetric qualifications in London before moving to Darwin, as principal researcher at the Menzies School of Health Research, where he pioneered a breakthrough trachoma drug as part of a Masters of Philosophy thesis. He completed ophthalmology training in 1999 at Sydney Eye Hospital. He also completed a Master in Public Policy at Charles Darwin University examining methods of reducing the impact of indigenous diabetes and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University. He is the Federal Government representative on the UNESCO National Commission and a member of three Parliamentary committees; Public Accounts and Audit, Indigenous Affairs and Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

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