The minimum wage may be adequate for some low-paid workers – but this is clearly not the case for the woefully inadequate Newstart Allowance.
Trump's rationale for cutting the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program rests on a myth at odds with contemporary data.
Misleading stereotypes help explain why the share of families living in poverty who benefit from a core assistance program has plummeted -- and why Trump wants new cuts.
Depending on where you live, having a disability can cost thousands of additional dollars per year. Government programs often don't account for that.
Food assistance – like SNAP benefits – can have far-ranging impacts on a person's health and well-being.
Christian Porter said Australia's welfare system 'was costing over 100% of all income tax raised' under Labor after the GFC, and that it's 'around 80%' under the Coalition. Is that true?
Social Services Minister Christian Porter told Q&A that 'rates of drug use amongst unemployed are 2.5 times higher than amongst employed people'. Is that correct?
One policy above all others will haunt the Tory election campaign to the bitter end.
Schools that have supportive strategies in place can offer buffers. They can promote positive outcomes -- for pupils and teachers.
The proposal to drug test welfare recipients needs to be fine-tuned otherwise the government will be targetting the wrong people and be tied up in legal challenges.
The government's proposed drug test trial shows how data profiling and surveillance targets the poor.
The government is reinforcing the dichotomy between "them" and "us" with this budget's welfare changes, but it lacks solid evidence of effectiveness.
The Conversation’s political experts react to the 2017-18 budget's key measures in the areas of welfare, foreign aid, defence spending and more.
If you look at past budgets, the proposed cuts in social security programs are disproportionate to the amount the government spends.
Border control no longer stops at the border.
In a highly individualistic world where work prevents us from spending time with friends and family, a universal basic income could change society.
South Africa's social grants, which benefit a third of the country's population, are widely celebrated. But these grants fall far short of addressing the country's malnutrition challenge.
From April, single parents will have to look for work when their youngest child turns three.
It’s a mystery why another trial of the Cashless Debit Card is necessary – particularly given how it has led to further economic and social harm among its participants.
The latest welfare changes will hurt low-income families and breach Australia's human rights obligations.