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Filthy Rich and Homeless is bloated with empathy and lacking in unsexy facts

Filthy Rich and Homeless is bloated with empathy and lacking in unsexy facts

Who really cares about my "empathy"? The producers of SBS' returning show seem to think we’re living in a democracy. One activated by eminent tears.

The battle for benefits: people with disabilities fight back against broken system

The battle for benefits: people with disabilities fight back against broken system

Record numbers of Disability Support Pension applicants are having their claims rejected, often against the explicit advice of doctors. With nothing left to lose, some are choosing to fight.

Don Dale: damning recommendations must be acted on

Don Dale: damning recommendations must be acted on

The commissioner has handed down a damning report detailing the failures of state institutions in the protection of children in the Northern Territory.

Is Scullion really ending his 'racist’ welfare program?

Is Scullion really ending his 'racist’ welfare program?

If reports are anything to go by, Nigel Scullion's sudden promotion to leader of the Nationals isn't the only big change coming for him.

A brief history of Twiggy Forrest's obsession with cashless welfare

A brief history of Twiggy Forrest's obsession with cashless welfare

How exactly did a mining magnate come to spearhead the program to shift indigenous Australians onto cashless welfare?

Rundle: Twiggy's Tarzan antics and the problem of the white saviour

Rundle: Twiggy's Tarzan antics and the problem of the white saviour

Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest's fixation with the cashless welfare card is more about him playing modern Tarzan than what is good for indigenous communities.

Finally a win for government on middle-class welfare

Finally a win for government on middle-class welfare

After three years of trying to curb middle class welfare, the Coalition finally looks like it will have a win. It's time for Labor to stop taking revenge on the government and back cuts to Family Tax Benefits.

Scullion’s disastrous indigenous work-for-the-dole mainly leads to financial penalties

Scullion’s disastrous indigenous work-for-the-dole mainly leads to financial penalties

Deploying the tired trope of indigenous dysfunction and making assumptions about behavioural modification will not magically create jobs, writes Jon Altman, research professor, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University.

Big spending is the new normal

Big spending is the new normal

Better get used to the reality that total government expenses will stay at or above 26% of GDP, writes former APS senior executive Greg Feeney.

Welfare for everyone -- and six other ideas for the 2016 budget

Welfare for everyone -- and six other ideas for the 2016 budget

We should at least look into the feasibility of a "universal basic income" for Australia.