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The threat of Centrelink debt is one more stressor on already vulnerable people. from www.shutterstock.com

Centrelink debt debacle is bad policy for mental health

The controversial Centrelink debt recovery system is bad news for the mental health of the disadvantaged and vulnerable people it targets.
There’s more to it than political beliefs. Buttons image via www.shutterstock.com.

Why do science issues seem to divide us along party lines?

Social scientists investigate when and why liberals and conservatives mistrust science. The apparent split may be more about cultural and personal beliefs than feelings about science itself.
Of 1082 Indigenous specific. programs identified in the report, 92% have never been evaluated to see if they are achieving their objectives. AAP/Dan Peled

How to get a better bang for the taxpayers’ buck in all sectors, not only Indigenous programs

A new report highlights how little we know about what works and what doesn't when it comes to publicly-funded Indigenous programs. It's a similar story in other policy areas – but we can do better.
Jumping to conclusions. Does GDP mislead us? Antoine Gady/Flickr

The science of happiness can trump GDP as a guide for policy

Our feelings of self-worth and contentment are no longer the preserve of writers and artists. Science has made measurement of our well-being a viable alternative to the banalities of economic output.

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