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‘Social experiment’ videos more ‘attention-seeking punks’ than real revelation

We’ve all seen the “social experiment” videos, where actors do something outrageous to see if anyone intervenes. But are they self-serving gotchas or do they make a serious point? Freelance writer Dan Wood reports.

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Rundle: zombies run (well, shuffle) amok on the streets of Denver

Crikey’s writer-at-large finds himself surrounded by fat men with guns and the slavering undead.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: screw you all edition

Let’s tackle the real bludgers in our society — pensioners, young people trying to get an education and asylum seekers. Screw ‘em!

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Why buy a Big Issue? Because selling it is bloody hard work

There are tough gigs but few tougher than that of The Big Issue street vendor, as Vivienne Skinner discovered at she donned the flouro vest for International Vendor Week.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: vale Mandela … the real Sydney … invisible girl …

The death of Nelson Mandela this week reminded us of how far we have come. But there is still much work to be done. Our proudly Sydney-based writer reviews the week …

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Unsung policy issue: when you have no home to go to

Remember when tackling homelessness was a major priority? Well it hasn’t been in this election campaign — and the number of homeless people is rising. Freelance journalist Henry Belot asks some tough questions.

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St Vincent de Paul chief: homelessness is everyone’s problem

The key to ending homelessness lies not in the homeless themselves but in society as a whole, writes St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia CEO Dr John Falzon.

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Census data shatters perceptions of homelessness

Census data released this week shatters perceptions of homeless people as middle-aged alcoholics or drug-addicted men sleeping in parks. It shows the problem is wide and systemic and the situation critical, writes James Farrell.

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Are we really failing the homeless? Crunching the new data

News that homelessness has increased appears to show the government is failing on the issue. But as Crikey intern Sally Whyte discovers, that’s not the whole story.

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Forgetting about the homeless

Housing the homeless, I recall, was going to be one of the promised achievements of a Labor government when Kevin 07 was making the promises.

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Community sector excluded from flood disaster talks

Some important voices are missing in talks on how to fund the national response to the floods, writes Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO, Australian Council of Social Service.

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Smoking and the homeless: who cares?

Katie Weiss set out to explore how homeless smokers were feeling the pinch after tobacco prices soared under the Rudd Government earlier this year. She discovered few options are available to tackle addiction among the destitute.

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