A decent provision: Australian welfare policy, 1870 to 1949

J Murphy

Enterprise and Society: the international journal of business and history | Published : 2011


This book is a narrative history of how and why Australia built a distinctive welfare regime, from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century. It places the development of a welfare state in the 1940s in the context of what had gone before, showing that choices made in earlier decades constrained and still constrain what could then, and can now be imagined. It discusses the pre-history of a welfare system, and how Australia went from being a social laboratory at the start of the twentieth century to a 'welfare laggard' by mid-century. © John Murphy 2011. All rights reserved.

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