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Did Tough Love Work For Sole Parents?

The Government's much-maligned decision to cut benefits for sole parents was meant to get people into jobs. Now Labor claims almost 4000 more are drawing a wage

Women Let Down By ALP Super Policy

Women find themselves with less superannuation than men on retirement - and in some cases none. Low-income earners often can't afford a 12 per cent contribution. How equitable is the system

Making a Society More Fragile

The primary and secondary purpose of Gillard’s first budget as PM appears to be economic growth for its own sake. It fails to deliver any new equity policies that could contribute to good social outcomes.

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Hands up who wants a 30-hour week

Is there one clear possible area of policy reform that would provide a good basis for making society more civil? A core issue that affects a range of social well being indicators and our life choices? Could too much to do and longer working hours be at the heart of the discontents and social inadequacies of contemporary life?

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Persecuting The Poor?

There are clearly more jobseekers than jobs. So why are Australian politicians so set on punishing the victims of social inequality?

It’s NOT Fair: An Election Social Policy Assessment

Discussions about the social issues that have always seemed to be an important part of politics have dropped off the agenda during this election

Towards a More Civil Society – Roundtable at UTS

Eva Cox reports on a Roundtable held at UTS last week on the need to set social goals for a more civil society.

The ethical basis of a good tax system

‘Q 1.1 In considering the community’s aspirations for the type of society that Australia should become over the next two decades and beyond, which key features should inform or drive the future design of the Australian tax‑transfer system?’

Start by assuming the goodwill in others

In the last issue of Thinking Points, John Menadue urged our leaders to listen to their own ‘better angels’ when dealing with the contentious issues of asylum seekers and strangers. I want to extend this – we should not just aim to adopt this attitude to outsiders but design social and economic systems that assume the likelihood of goodwill in most of us.

A Rather Too Conservative First Year

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has apologised to the Stolen Generation, signed Kyoto and fixed some of the worst conditions for asylum seekers. These actions seemed to suggest a serious change in political directions, but other signs show he is leading a government designed to avoid scaring off the Howard voters.

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