Story: Family welfare

Tax relief for families, 1940s

In this cartoon a happy family fishes up the benefits of the welfare state after the passing of the Social Security Amendment Act 1945. In the post-war period New Zealand's welfare system could be seen as favouring the young. The taxes paid by people in their 20s and 30s with children were equal to, or less than, the benefits available to them through the family benefit and tax exemptions for each child.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: The Southern Cross, 8 April 1946, p. 4 (N-P 297-4)

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Maureen Baker and Rosemary Du Plessis, 'Family welfare - A model welfare state, 1946–1969', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2022)

Story by Maureen Baker and Rosemary Du Plessis, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 29 Jun 2018