keywords: Disability Support Pension

  • AUSTRALIA

    Budget stumbles on social inclusion

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 13 May 2009
    3 Comments

    Rudd Labor's first Budget last year seemed to indicate a turn towards a fairer Australia. After the scripted theatre of pre-budget leaks, secure lock-ups and dazzling announcements are stripped away, the 2009–10 Budget indicates we may be waiting for a long time yet.

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  • INFORMATION

    Jason's story

    • Rob Salter
    • 03 March 2009
    4 Comments

    The $3 billion blowout in Federal Government spending on disability pensions highlights the financial side of a crisis in our midst. The story of Jason, a relative of mine who is an addict and on a disability pension, reveals a personal side.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Protesters not to blame for Viet vets neglect

    • Tony Smith
    • 22 August 2008
    11 Comments

    Vietnam War supporters have been silent since creating the moral disaster faced by returning soldiers. These veterans were judged as failing mythical standards set by previous generations of warriors, and have suffered ever since.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The trouble with alcoholic Australia

    • Barbara Chapman
    • 10 June 2008
    13 Comments

    Brendan Nelson told Kevin Rudd to direct his war on binge drinking at his own backyard after Young Labor delegates hosted a drunken party in a Canberra hotel. But Australia's addiction to the bottle runs deeper than mere substance abuse.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Cut price care

    • Francis Sullivan
    • 26 June 2006

    The Howard government wants a different Medicare: one where people who can, pay more to visit a doctor. The government is grappling with a complex economic issue, but should not dismiss the social benefits that Medicare delivers to the very sick and less well off.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A part-time ‘working’ nation

    • Tim Martyn
    • 14 May 2006

    While Australia enjoys its lowest official unemployment rate in 28 years, it’s time to reflect upon the true level of labour-market exclusion and prospects for the unemployed and working poor.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The human side of poverty

    • Liz Curran
    • 27 April 2006

    So often in the poverty debate the actual human stories have been lost.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Redefining the Australian nation

    • David Corlett
    • 20 April 2006

    With the unlinking of the politics of asylum from the debate over national identity, Australia is now within reach of an opportunity to engage in much-needed policy reform.

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