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Australia’s ‘overly generous’ welfare in context

The government and its News Corp cheerleaders have called Australia’s welfare system “unsustainable”, “overly generous” and “sending Australia broke”. Crikey intern Jake Stevens asks: do the numbers stack up?

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Cameron’s bedroom eyes cast over the welfare state

David Cameron has shaken up benefits for Britain’s most needy. Is it the end of the social state as we know it, or have the Tories not gone far enough? Well, both …

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Eva Cox: put the big society (back) on the agenda

Can we retrieve and renew the idea that we live in a society, and it’s the qualities of how we live with each other than makes life good?

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Celebrating Obama’s socialist budget

Embracing the European-style welfare state will improve life in the US across the board, says Matthew Yglesias.

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John Quiggin: The risk society, part four

In the fourth part of a serialised paper first published by the Centre for Policy Development, University of Queensland economist John Quiggin writes that an improved understanding of risk can contribute to the development of a modernised social democratic model.

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John Quiggin: The Risk Society, part two

In the second part of a serialised paper first published by the Centre for Policy Development, University of Queensland economist John Quiggin writes that an improved understanding of risk can contribute to the development of a modernised social democratic model.

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John Quiggin: The risk society, part one

Risk” may be a central idea of the early 21st century, just as “globalisation” was the dominant idea of the 1990s. The fact that individuals and families are vulnerable to a wide range of social, economic and other risks - and that collective action is needed to help reduce and manage these risks - has long been an important theme in social-democratic thinking.

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