Look After Them?: Life on Welfare in Australia Today

Look After Them?: Life on Welfare in Australia Today

Zoom: https://bit.ly/2OEVSFr 
Meeting ID: 937 9210 4939
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Since the 1990s, the receipt of social security in Australia has become more conditional as well as more punitive, in concert with a broader global transition. I have been researching the lived effects of two specific conditional measures: the controversial Cashless Debit Card and a pre-employment program targeting single mothers, ParentsNext. I offer here narrative accounts of subsisting on welfare today. I document conditional welfare’s impact and examine multi-scalar ‘looking after’ relations. I refer to state-citizen relations andrelationships between so-called ‘welfare recipients’ and their close others, foregrounding everyday efforts to keep ‘the show on the road’ amidst poverty.

Date & time

Mon 11 Oct 2021, 3–4pm


Online (Zoom)


Eve Vincent, Macquarie University


Matt Tomlinson


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