We need to ask on what basis the government is making its budget savings a 'moral' issue, and how the opposition can possibly support it.
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre's Kon Karapanagiotidis said that what a politician can claim for a one night stay in Canberra is equivalent to an entire week on Newstart. Is that true?
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.
On the 20th anniversary of Bill Clinton's promise to "end welfare as we know it," a social work scholar asks why child poverty is still such a problem in the U.S. and what race has to do with it.
Relationship education programs are meant to strengthen low-income couples, with the idea children would benefit. But focusing on communication skills overlooks what really matters to these Americans.
Is the Coalition right to say that, at any one time, there is around $3.5 billion of debt to the Commonwealth due to fraud, non-compliance or misreporting in the welfare system?
Australia should learn from the failings of New Zealand's investment approach to welfare.
What's in store for key policy areas, from health to education to infrastructure to asylum seekers, under a returned Coalition government?
The welfare state was not designed for the modern world of temporary and casual work or multiple jobs. Is universal income the answer?
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.
On reform, the 2016-17 budget is a holding one, with tinkering on the sides.
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?
Low-income families will actually end up worse off, if Osborne's cuts to welfare continue.
Progress in South Africa's welfare system is being hindered by corruption, labour disputes and a lack of research and innovation in the field.
On welfare reform, it's a question of listen and learn.
Getting jobseekers off benefits and into well-paid jobs should be a priority. So why has pace been glacial?
Christian Porter on domestic violence.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Social Services Minister Christian Porter about the government's moves on domestic violence, his thinking on welfare reform and his support for making adoption easier.
Income management was first applied to Indigenous communities before being implemented more widely. The Healthy Welfare Card policy appears to be on this same path.
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?