The government has promised increased funding for services to gain community consent for its welfare card trials.
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 has compromised on Family Tax Benefit measures from the 2014 budget that failed to pass the Senate.
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.
Joe Hockey used his valedictory speech in parliament to lay out a comprehensive reform blueprint.
In his valedictory speech, former treasurer Joe Hockey has effectively challenged the Turnbull government to be bold.
Scott Morrison claims that New Zealand provides Australia with a model for welfare reform.
There is no mandatory four-week wait for young people to receive benefits in New Zealand.
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.
Not faring so well.
Here's how well do the Eurozone countries look after their citizens.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale made a deal with the government to allow changes to the pension.
The government and the Greens have struck a deal to pass tougher eligibility arrangements for the pension.
Millions of calls to Centrelink went unanswered as Australians waited a collective total of 811 years in 2013-14.
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Centrelink's failure to answer calls is a sign of a deeper problem: a lack of respect from government services for vulnerable citizens.
Since the NT Intervention a large body of evidence has built up showing that income management does not achieve its stated goals. So why does it continue?
Various studies, culminating in the final evaluation report of income management in the Northern Territory, have found such programs don't achieve the claimed benefits. Why did the budget extend them?
Policing the jobless.
Labour's Jim Murphy and the Conservatives' Ruth Davidson clashed over targets for sanctioning people on benefits. Who was right?
The signs may get bigger still.
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The Conservatives are planning to cut £12bn from the welfare budget. It could be a bad political move.
Fare thee well.
Welfare policy was a political hot potato in the referendum campaign, and it's a big weapon for the SNP in 2015 too.
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has said eight out of 10 income taxpayers go to work to fund Australia’s welfare bill.
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Implying that 80% of Australian income tax goes straight towards the welfare bill overlooks the fact that a large proportion of income taxpayers benefit from social security.
Patrick McClure’s recently released review of Australia’s welfare system borrowed heavily from the reform agenda across the ditch.
The claim that New Zealand's investment approach to welfare reform has been “very successful” is at best unproven. Arguably, it is plain wrong.
The three scenarios in Joe Hockey’s Intergenerational Report present very different pictures of the future budget situation.
The Intergenerational Report may actually be underestimating the scale of the budgetary challenges ahead.
Bianca Rodriguez, one of nation’s nearly 600,000 homeless at a Chicago underpass.
This year marks the 51st anniversary since Lyndon Johnson launched his War on Poverty and made poverty reduction the centerpiece of his Great Society domestic agenda. Whether we won this war, however…
Despite a fall in our rate of child poverty, there is reason to be concerned about recent changes and future trends in Australia.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has just released its latest report card on child well-being in 41 rich countries. In particular, the report looks at the effects of the economic crisis on children…
Tony Abbott keeps appointing businessmen like Andrew Forrest, who have limited expertise in analysing evidence and developing social policy, to advise the government.
The Creating Parity report on Indigenous employment and welfare, released last week by mining magnate Andrew Forrest, is in much the same vein as Tony Shepherd’s recent Commission of Audit. Forrest and…
Anyone who imagines most job seekers have it easy probably hasn’t been out of work recently.
It turns out that the policies for under 30s in the federal budget in May were a precursor to a much wider set of changes affecting unemployed people across the board. These are just now coming to light…
Iain Duncan Smith: hardship, despair, and destitution.
On July 5, the Daily Mail mounted yet another attack on the pesky human rights folk who have the temerity to question the coalition government’s welfare agenda. The article, headlined “The Brazil Nut strikes…