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Stand down, there is no budget emergency after all

Reports of the budged emergency have been wildly inflated in order to give the rich a free pass, writes Richard Denniss, economist and executive director of The Australia Institute.

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Keane: Hockey robs from the poor — but not the rich — in first budget

Joe Hockey’s first budget as Treasurer will hurt the poor — not the rich. So what’s the gain from all that pain, asks Crikey’s politics editor from Canberra?

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The cruelty of Newstart — and whose fault it was

Crikey readers talk the Coalition’s broadband plan and what Labor should have done differently on Newstart.

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Too little too late on Newstart, Bill and Albo — you had the evidence to act

Labor leadership contenders Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese had the evidence proving their cuts to Newstart were unfair. Their support for increasing parental support now is cold comfort.

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Pollies collect perks while working-class women struggle

Crikey readers talk Edward Snowden, the Newstart Allowance and why the heck anyone is going to vote for an Abbott government.

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Searching for the ‘real’ economy on Cape York

The expectation that CDEP participants will engage with market capitalism has failed, writes Professor Jon Altman at ANU’s Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research.

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Welfare and families: has Labor screwed over the poor?

The baby bonus is gone and the record of this Labor government robbing from the poor is a profoundly disappointing one. There wasn’t much for those struggling in the federal budget.

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What life is like on Newstart: ‘every day is a worry’

What’s life like living on Newstart unemployment benefits? Crikey talks to a jobseeker, a single mum and a graduate about how they live on just $497 a fortnight.

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Tony Abbott’s fashion choices

Crikey readers talk Newstart, Tony Abbott the walking billboard and The Salvation Army.

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PromiseWatch 2013: Newstart Allowance comparison

Crikey’s PromiseWatch project zeroes in on pledges over the Newstart allowance. Crikey’s Andrew Crook and Centre for Policy Development researcher Julia Hosking investigate the parties’ dole claims.

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Dole around the world: how does Australia stack up?

With the latest unemployment rate due to be announced tomorrow, a quick look around the world shows that Australia is not a terrible place to be unemployed, writes freelance journalist Sally Whyte.

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From the vault: what is poverty, and who is ‘poor’?

Families Minister Jenny Macklin, who has shifted some single parents on to the dole, is being panned for saying she could live on Newstart. In this piece from October, Crikey looks at how to define the breadline in Australia — and who is living beneath it.

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What is ‘poor’? Finding the bread line in an affluent Australia

A new ACOSS report point to high levels of poverty — but is this calculated in a meaningful way? A look at the Council’s prior work on defining poverty may paint a more accurate picture.

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If Labor’s serious about fairness, it should reconsider welfare policies

One of the most obvious inconsistencies in the budget was the government’s claims for an egalitarian redistribution approach while proposing $60 per week income cut for 100,000 sole parents.

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Health: Michael Marmot and the other budget lock-up

Last night as journalists filed out of the Department of Health and Ageing budget lock-up, a crowd was gathering for an evening with someone billed as one of the “rock stars” of global health.

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Govt should do its own IM when looking for budget cuts

It is budget week, so how will the new Holy Cow surplus drive the political agenda?

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All doled up, nowhere to go: when the cost of living really bites

Joe Hockey’s recent speeches calling for a reduction in future expenditure on welfare was targeted at “expectations” of welfare recipients — their welfare payments, writes Lionel Elmore.

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Cox: more to life and Labor policies than just getting a job

How can Labor promote itself as fair if it fails to care for those excluded from the paid workforce?

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Cox: whatever happened to Labor and egalitarianism? The no fair-go

The current government’s various social policy commitments have done little to improve equality for the poorest Australians.

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Budget breakdown: making a society more fragile

The federal budget uses social stereotyping to show the government as tough.

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Labor brings welfare quarantining to a Centrelink near you!

Rather than attempting to punish struggling, low-income families, the government should be dealing with the underlying causes of neglect and delivering proper support for families in crisis, writes Fernando de Freitas.

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Pension v dole: what’s the dollar difference?

Will under-67-year-olds be worse off on the dole instead of the pension? We crunch the numbers.

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Is nixing CDEP Howard’s assimilation solution?

Many people have been searching for reasons behind PM Howard’s abolition of the C.D.E.P programs. None was given when this was announced as part of the N.T Emergency Response. It has been assumed that it was done, in part, so that 50% of their income could be “quarantined” – something that could not be done with wages, but only with Centrelink payments.

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