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Fantasy budget 2015: abolish Centrelink and just give people money

Fantasy budget 2015: abolish Centrelink and just give people money

Myriam Robin May 12, 2015 6 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.

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

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

Crikey May 7, 2015 6 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.

Would you like a raise with that?

Would you like a raise with that?

Andrew Murfett December 13, 2013 13 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.

Crikey Clarifier: what the overhaul of Australian aid will mean

Crikey Clarifier: what the overhaul of Australian aid will mean

Crikey September 24, 2013 1 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.

Why neither major party is addressing indigenous poverty

Why neither major party is addressing indigenous poverty

Crikey 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

Crikey September 4, 2013 3 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.

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

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

Crikey August 14, 2013 10 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.

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

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

Eva Cox March 26, 2013 42 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.

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

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

Crikey February 28, 2013 22 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.

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

Bernard Keane January 3, 2013 38 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.