Government investment in roads, railroads and other public services has always involved social programming, both for good and for ill.
Comprehensive early childhood education, mental health support, internet connectivity and post-secondary funding are part of reducing the consequences of poverty so all students may excel.
As the parliamentary record shows, the Greens have been the only party to consistently challenge orthodox ideas about economic growth and prosperity.
Inventors in states with more socially liberal laws on the books end up with more diverse collaborators – and more higher-impact patents.
Urban safety is as much about inclusion and belonging as it is about better lighting and CCTV.
For families living in poverty, making their 16 or 17 year old child homeless may be the only option to keeping them all afloat.
The rate of people living to their 90s has grown by 67% in the past decade, much higher than any other senior age group.
The government is spruiking its commitment to religious freedom and freedom of speech, as well as its successes on tackling inequality. Its record, however, leaves much to be desired.
Men under 35 want to take a more active role in caring for their children than older generations.
There are signs China could drop its two-child policy in an attempt to boost population growth.
An emphasis on the autonomy of people with learning disabilities has put distance between care workers and the people they support.
Despite a public focus on punitive approaches to welfare fraud, the number of social security fraud prosecutions has fallen in recent years.
After 1993, Paul Keating became ever-more dominant in cabinet policy discussions to ensure a legacy for the Labor government.
That the Cashless Debit Card continues to be pursued exposes a dogged obsession with implementing punitive policy at the expense of vulnerable people.
Government learned much from the war. But today we find new throwbacks to that Blitz-era sclerosis.
The minimum wage may be adequate for some low-paid workers – but this is clearly not the case for the woefully inadequate Newstart Allowance.
Who do you trust? Increasingly the answer seems to be nobody, especially when it comes to inequality.
Many Americans live in transit deserts – areas where demand for transit exceeds the supply. To fix these gaps, we need to find and map them so agencies can add transit options in the right places.
Christian Porter said Australia’s welfare system ‘was costing over 100% of all income tax raised’ under Labor after the GFC, and that it’s ‘around 80%’ under the Coalition. Is that true?
Social Services Minister Christian Porter told Q&A that ‘rates of drug use amongst unemployed are 2.5 times higher than amongst employed people’. Is that correct?