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News May 05, 2018
Inside the ‘just add people’ dogma
Successive governments have maintained high levels of immigration to stoke the economy. The argument against this is growing, bringing together odd bedfellows.
News April 21, 2018
The rise of homelessness and hunger
While the government remains focused on neoliberal solutions to inequality, homelessness and hunger worsen. Some in the sector wonder whether it is deliberate.
News April 28, 2018
Judging politics by Centrelink’s rules
The treatment of politicians who fail to properly report their personal circumstances is markedly different to the draconian system imposed on the poor.
News April 14, 2018
Wage theft and migrant workers
Gross underpayment of Australia’s migrant workforce has become institutionalised in a variety of industries, and with the Fair Work Ombudsman under-resourced and unions kept at bay, the government appears unwilling to address the problem.
News April 07, 2018
Turnbull and the boomer racket
Malcolm Turnbull is promising his next budget will be a pitch to the boomer generation, serving only to deepen intergenerational inequality.
News March 31, 2018
Gap not closing on Indigenous disadvantage
The government’s assessment of Indigenous disadvantage ignores how far behind remote communities are compared with cities, and how top-down policy-making reinforces economic disparities.
News March 24, 2018
Behind Dutton’s ‘white farmers’ untruths
Aided by enthusiasm in the Murdoch press, Peter Dutton’s concern for white South African farmers shows a minister detached from facts.
News March 17, 2018
Trump’s trade war leaves Turnbull gun-shy
In declining to support international action against the new US steel and aluminium tariffs, Malcolm Turnbull damages our standing on trade.
News March 09, 2018
Turnbull’s parliamentary circus
The legislative record of the 45th parliament is hidden behind a sideshow of scandal and division – and even then it’s not very impressive.
News March 03, 2018
Nationals upset farmers over water
A focus on hugely lucrative water buybacks has left the Nationals vulnerable to accusations they have abandoned family farmers.
News February 24, 2018
Furore at the ABC
Two recent controversies at the ABC – the handling of the secret cabinet files and treatment of chief economics correspondent Emma Alberici – have left senior staff furious at what they see as incompetent managerialism.
News February 17, 2018
Morrison’s pursuit of Trump economics
All the evidence suggests Treasurer Scott Morrison’s zeal to adopt Trump-style corporate tax cuts will not deliver increased investment and wage rises, but could create huge budget deficits in the future.