Chris Bowen on the budget and Labor’s policies
Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen tells The Conversation he accepts that big business will "lobby on their own path".
Despite a public focus on punitive approaches to welfare fraud, the number of social security fraud prosecutions has fallen in recent years.
Increasingly insecure pathways to home ownership are not just a problem for property markets. The fallout is likely to hit retirement incomes, the welfare base, gender equity and the broader economy.
Perpetual uncertainty and changes to the way disability benefits work take a heavy toll on claimants.
By contrast, poor maternity pay leads to an under-representation of women in higher positions and lower salaries.
GDP has many flaws. We need a better way to measure economic progress.
We increasingly celebrate entrepreneurial self-reliance, but for disadvantaged people, the certainty of an adequate income is a fundamental foundation. It may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.
Politics Podcast: Brian Howe on Revisiting Henderson, Poverty and Basic Income.
CC BY40 MB (download)
Brian Howe says the targeted nature of Australia's social security system goes hand-in-hand with stigmatising welfare recipients.
It's widely accepted that young people living in children's homes or foster care are vulnerable to mental illness, but new research shows that social media can actually help.
From a certain perspective, we're already on the road to practicing a 'progressive eugenics' not a million miles away from what was imagined historically.
People on low incomes put insurance cover first – even if it means doing without basic goods.
That the Cashless Debit Card continues to be pursued exposes a dogged obsession with implementing punitive policy at the expense of vulnerable people.
The people most affected must be involved in designing the solutions.
Thousands queued to buy the report by William Beveridge that would lay the foundations for Britain's modern welfare state.
What if governments paid everyone a certain amount of money to cover basic needs?
A new accounting system that goes beyond the capitalist understanding of value is bubbling under and could topple capitalism itself.
Isolated older people living in poverty are suffering from food insecurity.
New research on implicit attitudes to people who receive benefits shows how pervasive hostility towards them is.
Most of the evidence drawn on by critics of the trial comes from places that have implemented such programs. So, have they worked?
The minimum wage may be adequate for some low-paid workers – but this is clearly not the case for the woefully inadequate Newstart Allowance.