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[Budget Forum 2020] What Has Volunteering Got to Do With the Budget?

The 2019-20 bushfires and the current COVID-19 pandemic have demonstrated again the critical role of volunteers to our nation’s resilience and wellbeing. Volunteer firefighters were… Read More ›

[Budget Forum 2020] Talk of Aspiration Is Not Borne Out in Federal Budget Papers

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg defined last week’s budget in the following terms: “There is no economic recovery without a jobs recovery. There is no budget… Read More ›

[Budget Forum 2020] Asymmetric Taxation of Business Income and Losses

The 2020-21 Commonwealth Budget allows most corporations to carry back losses incurred over the next two years against taxes paid in 2018-19. This short-term measure,… Read More ›

[Budget Forum 2020] Economic Security for Older Partnered Women and Widows: Fixing Gaps in Australia’s Superannuation System

In retirement many women find themselves financially dependent on their partner. The interaction between an unequal distribution of paid and unpaid work within many households… Read More ›

[Budget Forum 2020] Heroic Assumptions in Budget Omit One Major Threat: A Global Debt Crunch

You simply can’t buy business and consumer confidence, no matter how much you spend. To be fair, quite uncharacteristically for a Coalition government, it has… Read More ›