Human Rights

Basic Welfare: Can We Stop Defending Labour?

A colleague recently asked me to review a collection of Australasian essays on the universal basic income (UBI). Showing the cross disciplinary interest in UBI,… Read More ›

Timing It Wrong: Benefits, Income Tests, Overpayments and Debts

Unexpected bills can be a challenge for any household. But for people who rely on social security payments, the unexpected news of a significant debt… Read More ›

Participatory Budgeting: The Next ‘Big Thing’ in Australian Local Government?

Australian governments of all levels are increasingly familiar with two trends in public budgeting. Firstly, the pressure to deliver ‘more with less’ in public budgets;… Read More ›

Australian Tax Controversies and Human Rights

Increasing conflicts and fears of overreach by tax administrators have seen many countries generate taxpayer-specific statements of rights. Australia has a Taxpayer’s Charter but experience… Read More ›