Big Issue sellers get social contact and dignity out of their work, but it's not a secure pathway out of poverty and homelessness. Social enterprises enable small steps; governments can do much more.
A survey of young voters reveals a lack of engagement in politics.
South Africa should look towards inclusive growth to push back the growing levels of poverty within the population.
Amid wider reforms to labour law, proposals to reduce subsidised jobs for the unemployed raise concerns.
South Africa's recently announced economic recovery plan failed to break away from the cumbersome neo-liberal line.
The costs of casual work are now outweighing the slim benefits in wages (and even those are not as much as they used to be).
The minimum wage may be adequate for some low-paid workers – but this is clearly not the case for the woefully inadequate Newstart Allowance.
The Reserve Bank of Australia is stuck, according to the economic evidence, it has to raise rates but it also should cut.
The threat of a loss of jobs in the the industries that support construction reveals the problem in relying on building to sustain the economy.
Early intervention via education and training will cost money straight up. But it makes no sense to watch young people drift through unemployment and disengagement and turn into unemployable adults.
Fifty years ago, Jeffrey Horner watched news broadcasts of the riots that erupted just miles from his home. But he was worlds apart from the racial tensions that had been festering for decades.
New research released today by the Grattan Institute shows that income growth and unemployment rates are not obviously worse in regional areas.
Focusing on the gender wage gap means we don't address increasing insecure work. Women face both higher unemployment and underemployment rates than men.
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?
Employment is good for health, but it is even better for white men than for others. And unemployment is worse for white men than others. Could these findings shine light on our political situation?
The end of apartheid should have heralded a new South Africa for the generation born at its demise. But that hasn't happened.
South Africa's public works programme is a laudable idea. But it must be closely monitored to make sure it doesn't lead to unintended consequences, especially for women.
South Africa needs to start thinking about life after President Jacob Zuma. Given the damage that he's done, serious thought should be given to forming a government of national unity.
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?
Tackling the challenge of stunting in South Africa needs a convergence of science and policy along with better coordination at all levels of government.