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Hockey’s spending challenge: stop it getting worse first

Joe Hockey’s task in reining in spending on health, education and welfare is first to prevent the Coalition’s policies from making it worse.

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Essential: voters down on privatisation and the unemployed

Voters remain deeply opposed to any privatisation, even of things they’ve never heard of, this week’s Essential Report shows. And the view that the Newstart payment is too low isn’t widely shared by voters.

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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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Why adoption should, in some cases, continue

Anti-adoption advocates want adoptions banned in all circumstances. But the issue is more nuanced than that, writes Centre for Independent Studies research fellow Jeremy Sammut.

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Essential: hard-hearted public not convinced on dole boost

Most voters don’t share the view that Newstart benefits are too low and recipients are victims of circumstance, today’s Essential Report finds. Plus: who we trust the least (and it’s not journalists).

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Challenge Abbott and Hockey’s world view, lest we slide to Rome

Crikey readers have their say.

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Why Labor now owns middle class welfare

Labor inherited middle class welfare from John Howard, but it has nourished the entitlement mentality. Don’t households earning over $100,000 and receiving benefits deserve the “bludgers” tag?

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Whatever happened to evidence-based policy making?

The federal government is adding another serious question to its social and financial policy competence by informing the public that it is proceeding with the promised evaluation of the New Income Management Program.

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Call off the razor gang and fix the safety net: welfare groups

Treasury’s brief to the incoming government calls for broad-scale welfare reform, among other cost-cutting measures. But welfare groups say the reforms outlined in the so-called Red Book are ineffective and risk discriminating against some of the most marginal people in the community, writes Jane Vashti Ryan.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Income management evidence trivialised in a lemonade solution

Jenny Macklin’s response to the latest evidence that Income Management doesn’t work is only the latest example of anti-evidence based decisions in the welfare system, writes Eva Cox

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Super: Reckless Labor’s great unfunded swindle

Labor is doing virtually nothing about Australia’s huge middle-class welfare system. The Australian public sector is living beyond its means such that big tax rises and spending cuts are inevitable.

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Hating Alison Ashley and all of the other young people

with the Fox News Interpretive Dance Armadillo

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States stick it up Rudd

All those commitments Kevin Rudd is making to the states to buy their support for health reform will add up to more middle-class welfare. Whoever wins out of this, taxpayers will be the losers.

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Discrimination goes beyond Centrelink’s entitlement ‘pink list’

The reforms to Centrelink’s entitlements for same-sex relationships takes money from gay people on low incomes and gives it to richer couples, writes Daniel Stubbs.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

The nasty maternalistic state

Sole parents and the unemployed beware: Jenny Macklin is trying to take half your income away. It’s the most drastic change to our social security system ever — and almost nobody knows about it, reports Eva Cox.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Tough Love: has it ever worked?

As the government prepares to roll out income management to all Australian welfare recipients, health policy experts ask: will it actually improve Australian’s health and wellbeing? A resounding “NO”.

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

Income management works. Roll it out.

The government’s plan to extend income management beyond the NT intervention to the rest of Australia is good policy, says former Howard government adviser David Moore. Tough love is needed to protect women and children.

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Stop kicking the inconvenient statistics

To force young people into training or education is cruel and unproductive, especially in the bush. It is a very brutal way of reducing the youth unemployment statistics, writes Lionel Elmore.

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Budget countdown: incomes between a tax cut and a hard place

Australia has an unfair, warped and immensely costly approach to incomes policy and the coming budget is the ideal time to start the long process of fixing it.

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Tips and rumours

Following up your story on the Film School, you might like to look at how many head teachers and senior executives have left since the coming of Sandra Levy. Two senior executives have left in the past few months and several heads of department (eg. Head of Television) have also left. A birdy with told […]

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Where did ArtStart go?

On Saturday, Mr Garrett officially launched the ALP’s arts policy. But ArtStart suddenly disappeared from the official speeches and the press releases approved by Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd’s office, writes Nicholas Pickard.

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Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckups

Whatever happened to reconciliation? … Abdel Bari Atwan … the Tabcorp credit bet prosecution … Law of the gun at work in Burringurrah … Liberal Party leadership … Terry Hicks on David Hicks …

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