Editorial. Equality in our society & urgent action on climate change should be priorities for Australian governments. Peter Whiting In a rich country like Australia, we should not accept that so many in our community live in poverty without sufficient income to meet their basic daily needs. That so many children experience poverty is a […]
Peter Whiteford Crawford School of Public Policy Australian National University 1 December 2020. The Robodebt class action bought by Gordon Legal has been settled at a cost to the government of around $1.2 billion. According to federal Labor frontbencher Bill Shorten, this is the biggest class action in Australian legal history. This comprised refunds of […]
Brendan Coates, Matthew Cowgill, Tim Helm. JobMaker is nowhere near bold enough. Here are four ways to expand it.
1 December 2020. The government has targeted its JobMaker Hiring Credit too narrowly. The scheme to go before the Senate this week will give employers who take on someone aged 16 to 29 years who has been on JobSeeker or a related benefit a bonus of A$200 per week, and a bonus of $100 per […]
The Government’s move to cut support to 576 refugees and asylum seekers is a further blow to an already vulnerable group in their struggle to survive. Posted 1 December 2020 Across Australia, the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic has hit many people hard, with sharp increases in unemployment and homelessness, even among those who […]
Follow the links to read these articles in full. Download a printable version of SPC News November 2020. A world of uncertainty after Covid-19. Peter Whiting Editorial Each of us will doubtless have talked with friends and colleagues about how the post-Covid ‘new normal’ might look for us. This newsletter cites both the aspirational – […]
John Hawkins. Some say neoliberals have destroyed the world, but now they want to save it. Is Scott Morrison listening?
John Hawkins University of Canberra. The International Monetary Fund this week delivered a somewhat surprising message. It warned Earth was on course for “potentially catastrophic” damage under climate change, and called for green investment and carbon prices to put the global economy on a stronger, more sustainable footing. Of course, the message itself makes a […]
Hal Pawson & Cameron Parsell. Covid spurred action on rough sleepers, but increased homelessness challenges lie ahead.
Hal Pawson UNSW & Cameron Parsell University of Queensland COVID-19 triggered multimillion-dollar commitments by state governments to tackle homelessness. Our research for the Australian Homelessness Monitor 2020, released today, reveals at least 33,000 rough sleepers and other homeless people have been booked into hotels and other temporary accommodation during the crisis. Beyond this, several states […]
1 November 2020. Too often, the public debate is about whether regulation should be decreased. Regulation typically exists for a reason, however, and the issue should be how to regulate effectively. The Prime Minister has embraced deregulation as a prominent feature of his reform agenda. But what does that mean? For businesses, the catchcry of […]
1 November 2020. The new social encyclical of Pope Francis is a cry for those oppressed by poverty, hunger, and exclusion, protesting against the injustice of a world with so much wealth failing to do enough for everyone to have the opportunity for a reasonably good life. Not surprisingly, Francis drew from the parable of […]
Click on the links to read these articles in full. Whither Australia, with a ‘fair go’, decent work, & stable housing for everyone? Peter Whiting Editorial Economists are worried about the depth of this pandemic-led recession, and their public advice to the Treasurer is that the government will need to spend unprecedented sums to sustain […]
Frank Jotzo. ‘A dose of reality’: Morrison government’s new $1.9b techno-fix for climate change is a small step.
Frank Jotzo. The Morrison government on 17 September announced A$1.9 billion over ten years to develop clean technology in industry, agriculture and transport. In some ways it’s a step in the right direction, but a far cry from what’s needed to drive Australia’s shift to a low emissions economy. The big change involves what the […]