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The loss represents a setback for Social Services Minister Scott Morrison, whose negotiations with the crossbench failed. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Senate knocks out youth wait for benefits

The Senate has defeated the government's budget measure to make job seekers under 25 wait four weeks for income support.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is struggling to contain instability in an openly divided team. Lukas Coch/AAP

A well-functioning cabinet – who are they kidding?

When Kevin Rudd came under attack from some of his ministers for the way he ran his cabinet, it turned out to be the beginning of the end. Now we are seeing Tony Abbott struggling to contain instability…
For every $1000 of assets the pension will be reduced by $3 a fortnight, under changes proposed in the federal budget. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

Missed opportunities on coherent pension policy reform

The government has dropped plans to index age pensions to CPI and opted instead to tighten income and assets test. These are welcome changes but more needs to be done.
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison announces that a A$3.5 billion child-care subsidy will begin from July 1 2017 if the Senate passes previously rejected Family Tax Benefit savings. AAP/Paul Miller

Focus on working parents misses true value of universal early childhood services

Lost in the political debate about subsidising child care is the fact that universal free preschool care has been abandoned as a goal of good social policy.
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that the government has abandoned its 2014 budget plan to cut back the indexation of pensions. AAP/Lukas Coch

Government tightens pension assets test to save $2.4 billion

A crackdown on the pension assets test will save the budget A$2.4 billion over the forward estimates, the government says.
Social Services minister Scott Morrison’s nanny package undercuts the general principle of qualifications for child care. AAP/Lukas Coch

Morrison’s nanny program risks undercutting quality care

Social Services minister Scott Morrison has unveiled the first part of the Abbott government’s “families package” ahead of next month’s federal budget and the signs are not good. With the announcement…
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison says the immigration portfolio is like walking on a razor. AAP/Mick Tsikas

In Conversation with Scott Morrison: full transcript

Scott Morrison talks about his new portfolio, his time in immigration, his thoughts on policy and the political debate in Australia.
Getting the right balance between short- and medium-term ‘fixes’ may well be the most significant challenge for Social Services Minister Scott Morrison. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Shaping 2015: Social services need more than short-term fixes

Scott Morrison’s appointment as minister for social services in late December 2014 has been seen as an important step for the Abbott government as it moves towards its second budget. The tasks he faces…
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has so far continued in the ‘bad cop’, border protector image of his predecessor, Scott Morrison. AAP/Lukas Coch

Shaping 2015: The boats have stopped, now the real work begins in immigration

2014 was the year of triumphant press conferences at which the Abbott government affirmed its determination to “stop the boats” and outlined its success at doing so. However, 2015 is likely to be much…
Michael Pezzullo is spearheading far-reaching changes in doctrine and organisation of Australian immigration and border security. AAP/Stefan Postles

Tracing the far-reaching changes in immigration and border protection

The Australian government is in the throes of a major recasting of traditional immigration and border security doctrines and institutions. The changes are being led by the incoming secretary of the newly…

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