Small town challenges and private hearings in Australia
Published: Wednesday 1st October 2014
It was a seemingly innocuous incident that lost rural New South Wales social worker Frank Morgan the support of around 15 volunteers at his local Community Information Centre. “I told an old lady to stop knitting one day and get on with the job,” Morgan told the National Poverty Inquiry, as part of a closed oral submission. Morgan may have been speaking in late August 1973 but nineteenth century attitudes towards helping the poor appeared alive and well in his patch.
Dr Fiona Davis examine Morgan's submission to the Australian poverty inquiry and, through it, the broader inquiry itself.