Postcode: The Splintering of a Nation
2005 edition cover
|Publisher||Pluto Press Australia|
|LC Class||HN850.Z9 S6472 2005|
Swan's concerns were criticised when his government payment reforms were made known to the public. It was alleged[who?] that restriction of access to family benefits for upper-middle income earners, less than half of whom have any children to provide for, was unjust given the loss of the "baby bonus", worth $5,000 per infant, was not applied in equal measure to those who didn't run a household.[clarification needed]
Frank Bongiorno noted that the book frames the socialist ideas of "reducing poverty and disadvantage, with education and training to play a key role both in achieving this goal and in lifting the country's economic performance more generally; phasing out private debt and consumption; and creating a more rational interaction between the welfare and tax systems" in a circumspect manner. There was a discernably more nuanced take on the evolution of "disadvantage" than in similar critiques but it then proposes languid (dated) and politicised (apersonal) solutions to such a crisis, thus disengaging the reader, early in the discourse.
- Irvine, Jessica (2008-05-17). "Swan's Robin Hood image dented". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2008-08-25.
- Bongiorno, Frank (2006-06-12). "‘My Plans for the Nation’—Labor politicians’ designs on Australia’s future". Australian Review of Public Affairs Digest (Sydney: The University of Sydney). ISSN 1832-1526. Retrieved 2008-08-25.