Topic archives: poverty

Universal basic income? More like universally bad idea.

April 10, 2018 32

The fact that those spruiking universal basic income are also those crushing workers' rights should signal the true designs of this so-called "leftist" policy.

Fantasy budget 2015: abolish Centrelink and just give people money

Fantasy budget 2015: abolish Centrelink and just give people money

May 12, 2015 6

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.

<em>Struggle Street</em> review: poverty porn and the problem with FIFO journalism

Struggle Street review: poverty porn and the problem with FIFO journalism

May 7, 2015 6

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.

Would you like a raise with that?

Would you like a raise with that?

December 13, 2013 13

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.

Crikey Clarifier: what the overhaul of Australian aid will mean

Crikey Clarifier: what the overhaul of Australian aid will mean

September 24, 2013 1

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.

Why neither major party is addressing indigenous poverty

Why neither major party is addressing indigenous poverty

September 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.

Unsung policy issue: when you have no home to go to

Unsung policy issue: when you have no home to go to

September 4, 2013 3

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.

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

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

August 14, 2013 10

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.

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

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

March 26, 2013 42

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.

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

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

February 28, 2013 22

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.

From the vault: what is poverty, and who is ‘poor’?

January 3, 2013 38

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.

What is ‘poor’? Finding the bread line in an affluent Australia

What is ‘poor’? Finding the bread line in an affluent Australia

October 15, 2012 14

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.

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

June 4, 2012 6

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.

Business Council chief weighs in to social reform debate

November 24, 2011

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.

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

December 23, 2010 4

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.

A tale of kindness from the commission flats

October 5, 2010

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.

Take a quiz — and save the world

June 24, 2010

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.

Footballs wives indulge in poverty porn

May 12, 2010

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.

Not a budget for the battlers

May 12, 2010

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.

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

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

March 30, 2010

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.