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History of social welfare is as old as history of human race. History of the Welfare State is a much more recent phenomenon. Welfare State was born with a golden future ahead of it - political mechanism which could hope for elimination of want, ignorance, squalor, disease, idleness - temper inequalities arising from social and industrial structures. Hopes around corner, 1960s/70s was a new era characterized by distributive justice, maximum feasible participation, social supports which would maximise self worth and dignity, minimise stigma and create an equitable and just society.
Speech presented to the Western Australian Council of Social Services, Perth, 22nd December 1982 by Adam Graycar, Director, Social Welfare Research Centre, University of New South Wales. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/