We need to look at what's behind arguments for and against drug testing welfare recipients to avoid repeating the same debate, over and over.
There's no evidence drug use is a barrier to job seeking. And testing can't distinguish between one off, irregular or regular use.
The government is spruiking its commitment to religious freedom and freedom of speech, as well as its successes on tackling inequality. Its record, however, leaves much to be desired.
Frydenberg said the decision was made at a meeting on Tuesday night of Morrison, Cormann and himself. He indicated it was about smoothing the passage of the measure through the parliament.
Budgets will increasingly acknowledge that welfare is about us, rather than us versus them.
Defensive responses on Twitter from the Department of Work and Pensions to the Channel 4 series Skint Britain appear tone-deaf.
The Finnish experiment will only fuel further debate on whether or not universal basic income is a good idea.
The desire to treat all those in poverty via one policy stems from the same impulses that led to reform of poor laws in the 19th century.
The concept of Universal Credit reveals something wider about the UK's current political fixation on debt.
A new ANU computer algorithm can provide near instant answers about how to get the best bang for welfare dollars. It says we should boost Newstart and cut either pensions or family benefits.
Fixing Newstart isn't enough. We need a comprehensive inquiry into our complex and bewildering social security system, especially as it applies to single parents.
The demographics of name change petitioners today – and the reasons that they give – tell a complicated story of race, class and culture.
A new study has highlighted the damaging psychological impact of welfare conditionality on disabled people.
This shift in focus on social care funding could inject some honesty into the system.
Its extremely common, everywhere, for large numbers of people to pay no net tax. It tells us nothing about the size of the welfare state or about whether it bribes people to keep tax high.
Self-help books can help us get through difficult times by telling us we have the agency to take control. But this method can also ignore structural inequities and negatively influence public policy.
Both before, during and after conflict, wars have shaped the creation of welfare states.
The government is also dropping its attempt to scrap the energy supplement for new welfare entrants.
The universal basic income movement has a major problem: both critics and even many supporters don’t understand how much it would really cost.
Increasing numbers of parents are being accused of child abuse.