Topic archives: social welfare

The battle for benefits: people with disabilities fight back against broken system

February 27, 2018 19

Record numbers of Disability Support Pension applicants are having their claims rejected, often against the explicit advice of doctors. With nothing left to lose, some are choosing to fight.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

January 10, 2017 1

Centrelink scandal rolls on ... how Tony Abbott spent Christmas ... holiday beard watch ...

Big spending is the new normal

Big spending is the new normal

December 8, 2016 2

Better get used to the reality that total government expenses will stay at or above 26% of GDP, writes former APS senior executive Greg Feeney.

Welfare for everyone — and six other ideas for the 2016 budget

May 2, 2016 12

We should at least look into the feasibility of a "universal basic income" for Australia.

Debunking the ‘middle-class welfare’ furphy

Debunking the ‘middle-class welfare’ furphy

June 6, 2013 15

Don't believe what you read. Australia actually has the lowest level of middle-class welfare in the developed world, argues ANU academic Peter Whiteford.

Hug a hoodie

August 11, 2011 2

"Imagine a housing estate with a little park next to it," begins conservative leader David Cameron's speech to the Centre for Social Justice founded by Iain Duncan Smith, which later became know as his "hug a hoodie" speech.

Eva Cox: put the big society (back) on the agenda

December 9, 2010 10

Can we retrieve and renew the idea that we live in a society, and it's the qualities of how we live with each other than makes life good?

‘Race to the bottom’: why our poorest pay the most tax

‘Race to the bottom’: why our poorest pay the most tax

October 14, 2010 9

Australia’s poorest pay the highest effective marginal tax rates, leading to long-term work disincentives for welfare recipients, according to a brief released by The Australia Institute this week.

The social welfare scorecard: how the parties stack up

August 12, 2010 9

Will this election create a fairer and more egalitarian society? Not so far, according to an assessment of the social policy options being touted by the major parties.

Social welfare: Disadvantaged take a back seat to boy stuff

May 12, 2010 4

Those who gained and lost last night illustrate the lack of concern this government really has for their version of "working families".

Slashing middle class welfare will hurt women

April 2, 2009

Here we go again -- the 'middle class welfare' pink flag is raised to justify cutting payments which essentially go to women, writes Eva Cox.

Kennett: hand outs good for Hawks, but not lazy low income earners

October 17, 2008 7

Mr. Kennett thinks $15 million is better spent on his football club, rather than on those lazy low income earners and welfare bludgers who sleep rough every night, writes Greg Barns.

ABS population figures: Australia’s grey hair time bomb

September 4, 2008 3

The ABS said that by 2056 Australia's population is projected to increase to between 31 and 43 million people, with around 23% to 25% being 65 years or older, writes Glenn Dyer.

Health the issue, says Morgan. Over to you Kevin

November 14, 2007 4

Green voters are most concerned about... No, not the environment. Nor water. But health. As are Coalition, Labor and supporters of independents and the minor parties, or so Roy Morgan Research polling shows, writes Christian Kerr.