A prominent Aboriginal leader has called for a radical overhaul of Australia's benefits system to help native communities escape from poverty. Noel Pearson has warned that a reliance on state handouts has caused psychological harm in many settlements.
Some economists have insisted that Aborigines may have to leave their impoverished homelands to break free of the so-called welfare trap. Many black Australians live in poverty and are permanently unemployed. There are claims that the benefit payments they receive have stripped them of any motivation to work and can lead to serious health and social problems.
The Aborigines call it sit-down money.
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I decree today that life
Is simply taking and not giving
England is mine - she owes me a living.