Governing locationally (in)flexible subjects The pursuit of labour market flexibility through housing assistance reforms in Australia (2005). Rae Dufty. Context. Workfare
Governing locationally (in)flexible subjectsThe pursuit of labour market flexibility through housing assistance reforms in Australia (2005)
Welfare reform is also about reregulating the labour market. While debates around welfare reform typically focus on ‘internal’ and supply-side factors, such as the (excessive) costs of the system or the (perverse) habits of recipients, in most cases it is clear also that the ‘external’ and demand-side factors, such as the state of the labour market, are playing an important if often unstated role (Peck, 2001, Workfare States, p.35)
Decisions by households to spend more than 25 or 30 per cent of their income on housing should be matters of choice and preference rather than circumstance and hardship.
The Committee recognises that there is some basis for this argument: some low income renters prefer to spend a higher proportion of their income in rent in order to live in a more desirable locality close to a range of services and save on transport and other costs. It is not for the taxpayer to compensate for the consequences of that choice. (Senate Community Affairs References Committee, 1997, p.44)