Yesterday an anonymous (but not new) critical commentor refused to accept that there are more beneficiaries in Australia per capita than in New Zealand.
I really don't like being called a liar; having statistics I provide or refer to described as "fake". Occasionally I will make a mistake and if I realise I have done so, will correct it.
Here are the Australian statistics at June 2007;
Disability support pension 714,156
Mature age allowance 5,032
Newstart allowance 417,793
Parenting payment (single) 395,495
Sickness allowance 7,624
(The total goes higher when Youth Allowance recipients aged 18,19,and 20 years are added but I don't have the specific figure. Parenting payments for partnered people and partner allowances are also available - 190,415 - but not included as we don't have equivalents.)
These are all means-tested working-age income support payments.
Our equivalent total at June 2007 was 261,009.
To calculate a per capita comparison multiply our total by a factor of 5.0063 which reproduces 1,306,689.
Well under the actual Australian total.
Hence my original claim that per capita Australia has more beneficiaries than NZ.