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Articles from Summer

Building a Fair Australia in Tough Economic Times
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] How do you build a fair and equitable Australia as the economy slows, unemployment rises and government and household budgets are tightened? Does the Australian idea of a fair go only operate in secure economic times and...
Building a Fair Australia in Tough Economic Times
Key note address Australian Council of Social Service National Conference 2009 Sydney I would like to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, on whose land we meet. Sixteen months ago Australians changed their government and the nation...
Community's Role in Tax Reform
In the middle of last year, the Rudd Government announced a comprehensive review of the tax system by a Panel to be chaired by the head of Treasury, Ken Henry, and to report by the end of 2009. Its work is likely to have a major long-term impact on...
Fairness Matters
Introduction--fairness matters I want to concentrate on economic aspects of fairness, emphasizing one aspect particularily relevant to our time, namely the way we allocate risk across our society. In relation to risk there are two basic inequities....
How Much Inequity Should We Allow?
Dr Ken Henry spoke in the Building a Fairer Tax System session at the ACOSS National Conference Firstly, a big thank you to Clare Martin and everyone at ACOSS for the invitation to take part in today's discussion. It's not just an opportunity...
Implications of the Economic Crisis for Employment Services
To understand the capacity of employment services to adapt to the current economic downturn, we need to look at the assumptions and ideologies that underpin it. While the system will change from 1st July this year when the Job Services Australia...
Missing Out: Which Income Support Recipients Are Most at Risk of Hardship?
New research published by ACOSS finds that those on the lowest social security payments face the greatest hardship. The social security system is poorly designed to prevent poverty. (1) The ACOSS report draws on a study by the Social Policy Research...
The Road Home Reforms Assessed
There's much to welcome in the White Paper's holistic national response to the challenge of homelessness. The homelessness support sector has long advocated for key reforms announced in the package, including better integration of policy and service...