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

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

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

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

Big spending is the new normal

Big spending is the new normal

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

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

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

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

Hug a hoodie

"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

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

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

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

The social welfare scorecard: how the parties stack up

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

Social welfare: Disadvantaged take a back seat to boy stuff

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