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No Charity There
A short history of social welfare in Australia

ISBN 9780043012918
Published January 1, 1987 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

No Charity There, now in a revised edition, provides the first general history of social welfare in Australia. It traces the development of official and community attitudes to demands and expectations.

Using material not previously readily available, Brian Dickey analyses how Australian society has sought to solve the problems raised by a wide variety of vulnerable groups since 1788: the aged, orphans, single mothers, the insane, alcoholics and the unemployed.

No Charity There is a carefully researched and intelligent study of a subject of ever-increasing importance.

Table of Contents



1. The Convict Era 1788-1850

2. Charity in the Age of Free Trade 1835-70

3. Review and Expansion 1870-90

4. Charity or Universal Entitlement? 1890-1916

5. Charity in Crisis 1916-41

6. Social Welfare under a Federal Labour Government 1941-49

7. Social Security of the Middle Classes 1949-72

8. Welfare as Justice? 1972-86



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Dr. Brian Dickey is a Reader in History at the Flinders University of South Australia. He has published widely in Australian history and is involved in a variety of activities designed to make history accessible to the ordinary reader.