Social Security



Why Social Policy Counts

Peter Fisher, Treasury under-secretary in George W. Bush’s administration, once memorably described the US government as “a gigantic insurance company (with a sideline business in national defense… Read More ›

It’s Not Just Newstart. Single Parents Are $271 per Fortnight Worse Off. Labor Needs an Overarching Welfare Review

Thirty years after Prime Minister Bob Hawke famously promised that by 1990 no Australian child would live in poverty, Bill Shorten has promised that, if… Read More ›

Is the Proportion of Net Benefit Recipients a Concern? A Reply to Peter Whiteford

In his 5 October comment on Austaxpolicy, Relax. The Divide Between the Taxed and the Taxed -Nots Isn’t New and Doesn’t Buy Elections, Peter Whiteford… Read More ›

Relax. The Divide Between the Taxed and the ‘Taxed-Nots’ Isn’t New and Doesn’t Buy Elections

It’s unsurprising that a large number of people pay no net tax. Might government benefits, and government employment, be a self sustaining machine – one… Read More ›

Good Times, Bad Times

“We have reached a tipping point,” the secretary-general of the OECD said in 2015. “Inequality can no longer be treated as an afterthought. We need… Read More ›

Is Australia’s Tax and Welfare System Too Progressive?

Critics say that high earners are paying too much tax. What does the evidence say? At the centre of this year’s federal budget and Labor’s… Read More ›

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