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.
What's in store for key policy areas, from health to education to infrastructure to asylum seekers, under a returned Coalition government?
Before Australians go to vote on Saturday, The Conversation’s editors have assembled a guide to 11 key policy areas that could swing the vote.
Neither major party seems to understand the structural causes of unemployment, or how to adapt welfare policy to meet those needs.
Labor's proposed reform of family benefits will impact on higher income families.
It wasn’t even until the late 19th century that this was codified into law.
There is increasing evidence that voters have lost their faith in politicians and politics. But the way to restore faith is by implementing policies that make economic and social sense.
What are the key policy issues on which the 2016 federal election will be fought?
What aspects of the government’s reforms succeeded in assisting people into employment? And did the reforms improve the population’s economic well-being? Or have they left some groups worse off?
Would politicians have the courage to stand up to backlash if people with disability use their care money to pay for overseas holidays, sex workers, internet dating, or tickets to sporting events?
Might the lessons of Australia’s super-efficient welfare system offer a potential way forward for the development of a basic income – a universal, low but adequate payment?
How can it be determined whether any improvements that may occur as part of the 12-month "cashless debit card" trial are the result of the card or increased funding for services, or a mix of both?
The government’s revised Family Tax Benefit proposals will still have some significant negative impacts on low-income families, but they are not as regressive as the 2014 budget.
There is no mandatory four-week wait for young people to receive benefits in New Zealand.
When you scrape below the surface it's not hard to see that 'culture' is the wrong answer to almost every question.
The Senate has defeated the government's budget measure to make job seekers under 25 wait four weeks for income support.
Good societies with secure public systems will increase investment much faster than company or personal tax cuts.
Every generation in the last 150 years has seen in Australia a contest over marriage which reflects shifting positions on its defining features, and its associated rights and obligations.
The government should follow the evidence-based advice before wasting more money on a new “trial” program that further infantilises mainly Indigenous welfare recipients and won't work.
Government departments often commission research to help them understand and respond to policy issues. But they impose contract conditions that threaten to undermine the integrity of the work.