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All smiles at 11 Downing Street. EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

UK budget 2017: experts respond

Philip Hammond delivers his last Spring Budget on the state of the UK economy. Our panel of experts dissect what it says.
Swimming in synchrony is a fundamental social behaviour for dolphins and is thought to reinforce their bonds. Parc Astérix

Synchronised swimming makes dolphins more optimistic

A new study of captive dolphins has found that those engaging in synchronised swimming make more optimistic judgements about an unknown event.
Social grant recipients waiting in Gugulethu, Cape Town. A battle over social grant payment tender threatens the system. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

The real risks behind South Africa’s social grant payment crisis

The South African Social Security Agency has created a crisis that threatens to deliver social grant recipients on a silver platter into the hands of unscrupulous financial services companies.
An ill Anna Bosigo is fed by volunteer worker Lydia Mbhalo in the Orange Farm township, south of Johannesburg. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa isn’t budgeting for its care economy. What can be done about it

Social welfare budgets have simply not been adequate to plug decades’ worth of under-resourcing, especially in black communities. It's a good place for government to start giving life to its slogans
Settling well in Australia often takes time for people from migrant backgrounds. Lukas Coch/AAP

Middle Eastern migrants aren’t ‘piling on to the dole queue’

Labour force data actually shows that, after an initial period of relatively high unemployment, employment rates among migrant communities eventually reach parity with the rest of the population.
Government ministers have defended Centrelink’s debt recovery processes as ‘working’ following an ongoing controversy. AAP/Julian Smith

Note to Centrelink: Australian workers’ lives have changed

Centrelink's debt recovery problems reflect an over-simplistic application of policy to the complexity of workers’ lives in a flexible labour market.
Proponents of the universal basic income overlook its potential to be a reverse Robin Hood scheme. Ibai/Flickr

Universal basic income: the dangerous idea of 2016

The present Australian social security and welfare system can be viewed as a UBI scheme with exceptions for people who don't need it.

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