Don’t Believe What They Say About Inequality. Some of Us Are Worse Off

Without measures to stop it, many of us will fall further behind. If you were going to reduce a 150-page Productivity Commission examination of trends… Read More ›

Punishing Welfare Regimes and Basic Income

The Australian economic context is characterised by persistent unemployment, growing under-employment, wage stagnation and growth in inequality. As good-quality, skilled, full-time work opportunities shrink, more… Read More ›

Centrepay and Consumer Leases: Microfinance for Low-Income Australians for Essential Household Goods Needs Reform

When a household appliance such as a refrigerator or washing machine needs replacing, many of us take for granted that we will either be able… Read More ›

From Basic Income to Poor Law and Back Again – Part 4: Designing a Viable Basic Income

This is the final in my four part series on basic income. In Part 3, I highlighted potential impacts of  different basic income options on… Read More ›

Does Child Support Reduce Lone Mother Poverty? Findings from an Australian Longitudinal Study

Lone mother poverty is a critical issue in Australia and elsewhere. One in five Australian families are headed by lone parents, and of these, most… Read More ›

An Interview with Professor Jane Millar, OBE

The financial hardship of poor working families represents a key policy challenge in many countries. Sue Regan interviews Jane Millar, Professor of Social Policy at… Read More ›