Poverty



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 ›

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