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A V-shaped recovery? Don’t bank on it
12 October 2020
The assumption that Australia will experience a quick recovery has produced a budget that’s big on spending but low on stimulus
Step one, a liveable income
30 September 2020
Unlike the proposed tax cuts, there’s a guaranteed way to stimulate the economy
Would a job guarantee be
work for the dole 2.0?
David Sligar and Hugh Sturgess
8 September 2020
There are better, tested ways of generating new jobs
Post-pandemic, here’s the case for a participation income
18 June 2020
For less than the cost of the Coalition’s Stage 3 tax cuts, Australians can be paid adequately to look for work or participate in socially useful activities
Measuring the downturn
27 March 2020
What are the best estimates of the pandemic’s impact on the Australian economy and the job market?
The economic case for increasing Newstart
30 December 2019
There’s more than one good reason to lift the payment to jobseekers
The significance of 1 September
2 September 2019
A closely watched election campaign unfolds in an East German state
Is Newstart really the pacesetter Scott Morrison says it is?
10 July 2019
Whichever way you measure it, Australia’s unemployment benefit is far from being “one of the best safety nets, if not the best, of anywhere in the world”
Good times, bad times
5 July 2018
New figures confirm that inequality has risen in Australia in recent decades, mainly fuelled by gains among the highest earners
It’s going to be a bumpy economic ride
13 February 2018
The impact of America’s badly timed stimulus will ripple across the world
Big, impersonal and opaque: how Jobactive is failing jobseekers
1 February 2018
A new strategy would start by recognising that the market alone can’t help many jobless Australians find work
The latest job figures: ominous or just odd?
18 November 2016
It’s hardly surprising that the International Monetary Fund has urged the federal government to spend more on infrastructure
Is welfare sustainable?
26 November 2015
Senior federal government ministers say that welfare spending is growing too quickly.
sifts the figures and comes to a different conclusion
Our smallest recession, our weakest recovery. Has Australia’s potential growth rate shrunk?
5 August 2015
Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens seems to think we should expect lower long-term growth, writes
. What do the figures say?
Australia today: a million new adults, just 385,000 new jobs
22 January 2015
Australia’s job market has failed badly since the global financial crisis, writes
New ways to dud Kiwis
9 April 2014
New Zealand has reacted to proposed changes to Australian social security law by raising discrimination concerns with Canberra, writes
Essays & Reportage
Unemployed and wrapped in red tape
2 December 2011
The government has created a giant job-search industry caught between competition and over-regulation, writes
Books & Arts
Falling through the floor
24 November 2011
One of France’s best-known journalists went undercover to see the recession first-hand.
reviews her account of the experience
Essays & Reportage
Pirates, terrorists or doctors of philosophy?
10 May 2011
Backed by Lindsay Tanner, two initiatives in Melbourne are taking on the obstacles that face qualified Africans applying for professional jobs, reports
Why unemployment benefits need to be increased
7 December 2010
Since 1996 Newstart for a single person has fallen from around 54 per cent to 45 per cent of the after-tax minimum wage, writes
. It isn’t enough to live on
Howard’s victories: which voters switched, which issues mattered, and why
Ian Watson & Murray Goot
23 July 2010
The reasons for the Howard government’s electoral success are widely misunderstood
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