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.
The NDIS roll-out has been criticised for many glitches, but that doesn't mean the scheme is failing.
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.
The extent of Centrelink’s customer service delivery problems is legendary – and it's been getting worse in recent years.
We created a graphic to explain what's really going on when Centrelink says its wait time is under 16 minutes.
His landmark contributions to anthropology have faded from memory, despite real-world policy impact during the mid-20th century.
By far the most significant projected savings in the government's omnibus bill is the phasing out of end-of-year supplements for family tax benefit recipients.
It's not all about health and wealth.
The World Economic Forum draws a straight line from social injustice to many of the risks facing the world in 2017.
Centrelink's debt recovery problems reflect an over-simplistic application of policy to the complexity of workers’ lives in a flexible labour market.
Waves of policies from successive Coalition and Labor governments have followed a paternalistic lead. This has created further impediments to thousands of Indigenous peoples who are doing plenty.
Australia is now having a national conversation on domestic violence. Yet the way violence degrades women's financial status remains in the shadows. Much more needs to be done.
Scott Morrison posted a this-was-mine claim on Facebook after Christian Porter promoted what was received as a fresh approach to welfare reform in his Tuesday speech.
The proof of whether an investment approach to welfare actually does improve outcomes for the disadvantaged is still some years down the track.
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.