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Unemployment is expected to rise in 2014, and some suburbs of Australia will be harder hit than others. Unemployment is expected to rise in 2014, and some suburbs of Australia will be harder hit than others. eliduke/Flickr

Unemployment … coming to a suburb near you

Australians are heading into 2014 with job vacancies falling, and Australian Treasury forecasts and monthly labour force data all pointing to rising levels of unemployment in the year ahead. Some local…
Developing smaller urban areas may mean better employment and living conditions for migrant workers. Developing smaller urban areas may mean better employment and living conditions for migrant workers. AFP

Why China’s mega-cities leave their citizens struggling

SEVEN BILLION PEOPLE: The world’s seven billionth person is likely to be born today. Beatriz Carrillo Garcia, lecturer in China Studies at the University of Sydney looks at effect a growing population…
Carers lose out in the current welfare system. Carers lose out in the current welfare system. Flickr/dominikgolenia

Tax Forum: Make the social security system fair

Almost 50 cents of every dollar spent by governments in Australia goes on social spending - either social security or health and community services. This week’s tax forum must reform the system, as the…
Young people who feel excluded from mainstream politics often join extreme groups to ‘belong’. Young people who feel excluded from mainstream politics often join extreme groups to ‘belong’. AFP/Wojtek Radwanski

Youth violence and group identity: understanding radical protest

Many young people in Europe think violent protest can be a legitimate response to the political system they feel no connection to. They believe government pays very little attention to them and have very…
London’s burning: but the rioters had a point. London’s burning: but the rioters had a point. EPA/Kerim Okten

English riots were neither mindless nor purely criminal

The powers that be describe the street violence and social upheaval which took place in England’s major cities last week as “mindless”. Yet it was anything but. Prime Minister David Cameron, among others…
Without the truly important issues on the agenda, October’s tax forum will achieve little. Without the truly important issues on the agenda, October’s tax forum will achieve little. AAP

Swan’s tax forum is a chance for reform – we just need to ask the right questions

Debates around tax are too often seen as marginal to real life and not very interesting. October’s tax forum offers an opportunity to challenge this misconception and do some hard thinking about what society…
Being unable to afford one substantial meal a day and pay for home insurance are indicators of poverty. Being unable to afford one substantial meal a day and pay for home insurance are indicators of poverty. Flickr/27147

Down and out in Australia: the new way to define poverty

Poverty is about more than just a lack of income. Those who experience it face unacceptable restrictions on their material and social wellbeing. Research can no longer focus on defining a poverty line…

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Virtual ostracism is real too

People who feel ignored or ostracised online experience the same emotions as those who encounter similar situations in the…