Aboriginal Issues

It's time to harness angry feminist energy and inject it into welfare policy

hen women turned out in record numbers to protest the ascension of Donald Trump, many marchers raised wider issues about the lack of progress to real equality. The Sydney march was bigger than anything else I’ve seen for many years and, like the others, was diverse including many men and children, not just the usual suspects.

Creeping spread of income management must be challenged

One of the bizarre bipartisan policy overlaps between the Coalition and Labor is in the area of income support known as welfare payments. Labor has been seen as the party that cared about the poor and disadvantaged, but the former ALP government adopted and extended a range of the Howard government’s paternalistic and punitive measures.

Income management: more evidence-free policymaking?

For a brief moment, it looked as though the Coalition would be better than the ALP on welfare policy. It appeared that the new government would listen to evidence for policy changes in its newly retitled Social Services portfolio.

Closing the Gap: we know what works, so why don’t we do it?

The disappointing data that regularly appears in Closing the Gap reports should raise serious questions about policy development and funding processes.

Income management: more evidence-free policymaking?

It seems the Coalition will expand the compulsory income management scheme, which has little evidence backing up its worth.

For a brief moment, it looked as though the Coalition would be better than the ALP on welfare policy. It appeared that the new government would listen to evidence for policy changes in its newly retitled Social Services portfolio.

Eva Cox: The feminist scorecard and how Gillard and Abbott rate

Recently, debates about policies have disappeared under an avalanche of sexist, misogynist nonsense and the commentary on it. Please note, I continue to oppose the abhorrent gender-based attacks on the Prime Minister, but see these as separate from the policy stuff. So let's shift the focus back on what is done or on offer.

NT Labor counts the cost of federal and state indigenous policies

 

The ALP losses in the Northern Territory are fairly clearly related to Aboriginal rejection of their treatment – not just what was done to them, but how it was done.

Election 2013 Issues: Australians, one and all?

Welcome to the The Conversation’s Election 2013 State of the Nation essays. These articles by leading experts in their field provide an in-depth look at the key policy challenges affecting Australia as the nation heads to the polls. Today, we examine social inclusion, equality and addressing Indigenous disadvantage.

NT intervention … why it just didn’t work

Mal Brough, creator of the Northern Territory intervention, declared last Saturday that it was a failure,  Jenny Macklin, not surprisingly, denies failure and claims it is both proceeding and succeeding.

It Started With The Intervention

Conditional welfare is now being rolled out across the NT and there's talk of a national scheme. When did this transformation of welfare take place

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