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Would you like a raise with that?

The minimum wage in the United States is just $7.25 an hour. For a long time that has remained unchanged and undebated — but the workers are now rising up.

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Crikey Clarifier: what the overhaul of Australian aid will mean

Tony Abbott is overhauling aid, cutting funding, merging AusAID with DFAT and reorienting spending. Aid expert Thulsi Narayanasamy looks into the changes and what they will mean.

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Why neither major party is addressing indigenous poverty

Despit the epidemic of indigenous poverty, neither major party has a comprehensive policy to address it. Jon Altman, professor at ANU’s Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, says only the Greens have a different approach.

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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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Doing it tough in Forde, Beattie’s would-be electorate

With former Queensland premier Peter Beattie announcing his candidacy for the federal seat of Forde, writer Melissa Lucashenko reports from Logan to find out what he’s campaigning for.

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When did ‘Labor values’ become John Howard’s values?

Missing: true Labor values and an acceptance that structural barriers create poverty and disadvantage. It’s time for the ALP to stop blaming and short-changing individuals.

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Memo to Bono and TED fans: look closer to home for poverty

U2 rocker Bono gave a TED talk in California this week addressing global poverty. But has the wealthy TED audience found what it’s looking for? California-based Australian writer Jason Wilson investigates.

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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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The neglected ‘illness’ that puts tens of thousands in hospital

There is an illness that is causing untold pain and suffering and premature death across the globe. It could just as easily be called class difference, writes professor Gavin Mooney.

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Business Council chief weighs in to social reform debate

The lack of opportunity experienced by some Australians was a fundamental economic issue that prevented people from participating in the workforce to their full potential, writes Larissa Nicholson.

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Costello: ‘name and shame’ not the way to the rich’s pockets

In a sense Australia’s greatest philanthropists are to be found in places such as Toowoomba and Frankston, not Toorak or Potts Point, writes Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision Australia.

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A tale of kindness from the commission flats

The couple living in the commission flats across from Virginia Millen’s house endure your standard sad tale of addiction, poverty and abuse. But don’t judge them too quickly.

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Take a quiz — and save the world

If you’re feeling bored and charitable (and want to brush up on art, language and more) try freerice.org. As the name suggests, people that really need it get free rice out of your visit. Michael Carter writes.

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Footballs wives indulge in poverty porn

The BBC is sending over a collection of famous English WAGs to report on the slums of South Africa. Oh good, because we don’t need real journalists and only want to know about HIV children when they are near fake tan.

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Eureka Report | FEDERAL|

Not a budget for the battlers

This Federal Budget is all about economics. Which means you’ll find nothing of use for the asylum seekers, the homeless or the unemployed and Australia’s poorer for it, writes Frank Quinlan.

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Wall Street Journal | ECONOMY|

Want to end poverty in India? Stop giving jobs to the poor

India’s economy has been growing at a tremendous rate. But focusing on job creation and inclusive growth — ie. helping the poor — is holding India back, writes Rajeev Mantri.

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Fast Company | COMPANIES|

Should every baby get a bank account?

What would happen if every child in the world was set up with a bank account at birth containing US$100? The FAB campaign sees it as a viable solution to ending poverty. Could the banks and governments make it work?

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL|

Beggars: to give or not to give?

One of the most confronting things about travelling in a developing country like India is the poverty that gets up in your face asking for change. But should you support a begging culture? asks Scott Bridges.

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The Sacramento Bee | PEOPLE & IDEAS|

PHOTO GALLERY: Children of the world

20 years after the UN adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, millions of the world’s children are still suffering from poverty, abuse and disease. From street performers in India to cactus farmers in Mexico, the faces of a very different childhood.

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Esquire | ECONOMY|

What makes a nation rich?

Nations are not born rich or poor, says Daron Acemoglu: governments make them that way. The key to a country’s prosperity lies in free and dependable democracy.

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Forty-nine million Americans go hungry

For all the talk of a recovery in the US economy, a grim reality has been outlined in Washington for all the world to see: America can’t feed all its 303 million people, with one in seven going short at some stage in a week.

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Newser | UNITED STATES|

Half of all American kids receive food stamps

It seems that food stamps aren’t just for those in the ghetto. A new study shows half of all US kids will receive food stamps at some time in their childhood. Even more disturbing, 90% of black children will use them.

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Global Post | THE REST|

Girls in Ghana carry a heavy burden

Tens of thousands of young women in Ghana have left their families in the country for the country’s capital city of Accra to work as “Kayayo” — porters carrying heavy loads on their heads for as little as AU$1.56 a day.

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Wired | ENVIRONMENT|

Why slums are good for the environment

Slums may seem dirty and polluted, but according to environmentalist and author Stewart Brand, they’re also hotbeds of green innovation, help lower the levels of unsustainable farming, and empower women in their communities.

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