Special rapporteur on poverty and human rights Philip Alston says framing of ‘welfare’ discussion appears designed to prejudice debate against recipients

A United Nations special rapporteur has criticised the Turnbull government’s approach to social protection policy, saying its framing of “welfare” appears designed to prejudice the debate against welfare recipients.

Philip Alston also criticised the government’s prohibition on community legal centres using commonwealth funding to lobby for legislative change, saying it has reduced the space for civil society.

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