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From Dole Bludger to Mutual Obligation: Activation with a Antipodean Accent

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La Trobe University (Social Sciences Building room 232 - Moot Court)

Plenty Road

Melbourne, VIC 3086

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In the past couple of decades, Australia has imposed an increasingly punitive regime of onerous obligations on claimants of unemployment benefit. This appears to mirror an international trend toward ‘activating’ the unemployed and coheres with some sort of new neo-liberal paradigm. But how did we get from there to here? In this seminar I want to do at least two things: I plan to think about these recent developments in a way that’s grounded in Australia’s specific social security history, and then to pinpoint areas of continuity rather than change in the Australian social security system.

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Anthony O’Donnell is a senior lecturer in the School of Law at La Trobe University. He has been researching, publishing and thinking about Australian labour law and unemployment policy for the past 20 years. His most recent book is Moss Cass and the Greening of the Australian Labor Party (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2017).


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La Trobe University (Social Sciences Building room 232 - Moot Court)

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