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    NSW to slash fines for welfare recipients

    NSW to slash fines for welfare recipients.

    Definition of welfare: statutory procedure or social effort designed to promote the basic physical and material well-being of people in need (emphasis mine)
    NSW welfare recipients could have their fines slashed in half under a new state government plan designed to ease the financial burden of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Berejiklian government on Sunday announced that anyone on government benefit payments could apply to have fines collected by Revenue NSW reduced.

    There is possibly a Biblical precedence for lower fines for people with less money. When defining the temple tax (Ex 30) God says "The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less" (i.e. it's fixed) whereas the tithe depends directly on one's increase during the year.

    However what's not on-line that I can see, but is in a newspaper, is that the reduction would apply to fines for "Continuation of intoxication and disorderly behaviour following move on direction".

    A couple of trigger points here: 1) 30% of retired Australians live off their Super, not the pension. They miss out again. 2) people spending money gifted to them by the tax-payers for their "basic physical and material well-being" on enough alcohol to get them to the point of "Continuation of intoxication and disorderly behaviour".

    NSW to slash fines for welfare recipients | Hunter Valley News | Muswellbrook, NSW

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    Not pretending to be aware of the specifics of this situation, but I did read in the article some caveats: 1) Citizens can apply for a fine reduction only if it is not overdue, 2) Any application won't be automatically granted; rather, the government will negotiate an alternative payment plan involving unpaid work or completion of courses and/or treatment, 3) Government reserves the right to exclude fines for serious offenses, 4) Only monetary fines will be reduced; other penalties such as license cancellations will still apply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njtom View Post
    Not pretending to be aware of the specifics of this situation, but I did read in the article some caveats:
    Yep, there are always caveats. However making it cheaper to live on welfare makes it more difficult to get off welfare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FunFromOz View Post
    However making it cheaper to live on welfare makes it more difficult to get off welfare.
    And isn't that the point? Here in America that would be the very reason Dems would do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuego View Post
    And isn't that the point? Here in America that would be the very reason Dems would do it.
    Trouble is here it's the less left Govt that is introducing it.

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