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The ethical and economic aspects of old age pensions

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Johnston, Robert Mackenzie (1905) The ethical and economic aspects of old age pensions. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 95-112.

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Abstract

The whole question of making State provision for the
maintenance and support of all helpless and infirm persons
who have survived the age of 65 years is too often, in controversy,
clouded by the frequent use of the abstract term
"State," as if it represented, in itself, a real, distinct, and
independent entity.
The provision for the maintenance and support of all
dependents of the community in any one year — whether
children, helpless invalids, improvident persons., or the
aged infirm — is purely an economic question, and depends,
not upon an ideal State, but directly and entirely upon the
products and services created or supplied by the independent
active breadwinners of the community for the
time being. Nay, more; every function of the State, as
such, which absorbs time and labour, directly or indirectly,
by means of general taxation, is wholly maintained by the
usefully and intelligently directed services of the active
breadwinners of the community for the time being.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 95-112
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2013 06:29
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:07
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