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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.