Myriam RobinMay 12, 20156 Comments
One way to help fix the deficit is to streamline welfare by eliminating the bureaucracy with a negative income tax. In other words, just give people cold, hard cash.
May 7, 20156 Comments
SBS' much-hyped (and prematurely loathed) new documentary series was a far more balanced and honest tale than anyone expected, writes freelance writer Kavita Bedford.
Andrew MurfettDec 13, 201313 Comments
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.
Sep 24, 20131 Comment
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.
CrikeySep 6, 2013
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.
Sep 4, 20133 Comments
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.
Aug 14, 201310 Comments
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.
Eva CoxMar 26, 201342 Comments
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.
Feb 28, 201322 Comments
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.
Bernard KeaneJan 3, 201338 Comments
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.