The payment of Social Security entitlements is an international obligation of *all* governments under law.
ICESCR Article 9 states: “The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to social security, including social insurance.”
Articles 22 and 25(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights : “Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to so
cial security…” “Everyone has the right to Social security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”
Australia is a party to seven core international human rights treaties. The right to social security is contained in article 9 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).
See also article 5(e)(iv) of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) , articles 11(1)(e) and 14(2)(c) of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women , article 26 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of people with disability (CRPD).
These payments are not a ‘bonus’ or a ‘privilege’ or a ‘gift’ , they are a legal responsibility and requirement of governments and a legal and protected right for citizens.
These were hard won rights, hard fought for rights and yes they do come with responsibilities. However to assume all people on payments are not meeting those responsibilities, is an uninformed ideological judgement not a fact.
Are we really going to permit the LNP to toss these rights and responsibilities away and take us back to the 1700’s before they existed?
There is a VAST difference between being sincerely grateful for what you receive, respecting that income, and bowing down in self flagellating capitulation to a government that is determined to ignore the impacts of its own policies and political ineptitude.
This government is failing dramatically in its duty of care and it is over reaching its authority; it is failing to abide by the legal and moral responsibilities they have to the people they too are paid from our taxation pool to serve.