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Finance Minister Grant Robertson with his 2021 Budget, which signalled an unemployment insurance scheme was coming. GettyImages

NZ’s unemployment insurance scheme will be the biggest welfare shakeup in generations – is it justified?

With little public consultation and serious questions about how it might work, the proposed scheme is a policy gamble of unknown proportions.
Sophonisba Breckinridge and Edith Abbott. University of Chicago Photographic Archive, apf1-00008, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library/Bernard Hoffman, photographer

Same-sex couples have been in American politics way longer than the Buttigiegs have been married

Long before Chasten Buttigieg became a ‘not-so-secret weapon’ in his husband Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign, another same-sex couple profoundly reshaped American social policy.
Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s minister of children, community and social services, announces an end to the province’s basic income pilot project on July 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Basic income: A no-brainer in economic hard times

Research shows that guaranteed basic income programs spur economies and improve mental and physical health. That’s why Ontario’s decision to scrap the province’s pilot project is such a bad idea.
Almost 1,500 immigrant boys, aged 10 to 17, were separated from their parents and brought to stay at Casa Padre in Brownsville, Texas. Department of Health and Human Services

Breaking up families? America looks like a Dickens novel

There are strong parallels between the Trump administration’s policy on immigrant families and the 19th century’s ‘New’ Poor Laws of England, whose cruelty was illuminated by writer Charles Dickens.

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