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Newstart should be lifted by mush more than usually proposed, a new ANU algorithm finds. Shutterstock

Cut the pension, boost Newstart. What our algorithm says is the best way to get value for our welfare dollars

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.
It’s a long way from most places, but it is about to host a bigger battery than the world’s biggest, molten salt solar and pumped hydro generation, and a much bigger steelworks. Shutterstock

Not wiped out. Why Whyalla, of all places, now has a sustainable future

Far from being wiped off the map as was once predicted, Whyalla is coming back in an unlikely way, as potentially Australia's biggest steel producer powered almost entirely by renewable energy.
A Indian man gets a free eye test on the anniversary of the death of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, revered for his efforts to end discrimination against the untouchables. AAP/Divyakant Solanki

How Twitter got blindsided by India’s still-toxic caste system

A poster proclaiming "Smash Brahminical Patriarchy" has landed Twitter's head Jack Dorsey in trouble in India. It shows just how invisible caste is to outsiders.
Modern slaves are not kept in literal chains, but this does not justify being oblivious to it. Consumers should care about how a product is made. Shutterstock

We all buy slave-made products: here’s how we avoid feeling guilty

Hidden slavery is a growing global problem but we continue to turn a blind eye and embrace a seemingly insatiable demand for fast, cheap goods and services.
Single parents have been made worse off by the Howard, Rudd, Gillard, Abbott and Turnbull governments. It’s time to take stock. Shutterstck

It’s not just Newstart. Single parents are $271 per fortnight worse off. Labor needs an overarching welfare review

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.