Clamping down on a non-existent crime
The tsunami of fraud that allegedly plagues social welfare simply doesn’t exist
Published 19/04/2015 | 00:00
There was a time when you lost your job, or you got old or you had an accident and what happened was your family faced starvation. The State didn't care. Charity was hit and miss.
Crime was endemic, as people literally fought for the scraps that would feed their kids. The most ruthless prospered.
In this part of the world, just over a hundred years ago, there were the first stirrings of a civilised response to the slings and arrows of events beyond our control.