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Universal basic income? More like universally bad idea.

, Apr 10, 2018

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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.
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Fantasy budget 2015: abolish Centrelink and just give people money

, May 12, 2015

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

, May 07, 2015

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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.
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Would you like a raise with that?

, Dec 13, 2013

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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.
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Crikey Clarifier: what the overhaul of Australian aid will mean

, Sep 24, 2013

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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.
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Why neither major party is addressing indigenous poverty

, Sep 06, 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.
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Unsung policy issue: when you have no home to go to

, Sep 04, 2013

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

, Aug 14, 2013

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

, Mar 26, 2013

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

, Feb 28, 2013

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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.