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  • AUSTRALIA

    From public good to private gain: The failure of employment services

    • John Falzon
    • 14 December 2023
    4 Comments

    No doubt there were some who genuinely believed that privatising  employment services would result in better services at a lower cost to the public purse. But the engineers of the socially destructive projects of the neoliberal era knew very well that they were more likely to result in the enrichment of some to the detriment of many.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Waste more, want more

    • Sarah Bacaller
    • 06 September 2023

    Fast fashion's allure is undeniable, but the environmental and ethical tolls it exacts are staggering. With 200,000 tonnes of clothing dumped annually, the pressing question is: How can fashion be sustainable and ethical? In a world drowning in disposable clothing, can we redesign the fabric of our consumer habits? 

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Hollywood's existential crisis

    • Jim McDermott
    • 03 August 2023

    In a world captivated by streaming services, binge-watching hides a hidden crisis: writers and actors, cornered by the very industry they've enriched, face financial hardship and clashing with corporate greed, resonating with global struggles around labor and human value.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    'They think we're rubbish': Life on welfare in Australia

    • John Falzon
    • 06 July 2023
    9 Comments

    Dr. Eve Vincent's book, 'Who Cares? Life on Welfare in Australia', provides an in-depth exploration of the intricate dance between power, control, and social policy, unearthing unsettling truths about our society's inherent power structures. This discourse further underscores the urgent need for a radical reimagining of our socio-economic systems.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Budget leaves low-income earners in poverty

    • Tom Barnes
    • 18 May 2023
    1 Comment

    The Albanese Government's second federal budget falls short in addressing Australia's cost-of-living crisis, with proposed measures deemed inadequate for those most vulnerable. This lacklustre response raises questions about the government's commitment to uplift those affected by the crisis.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Labor takes ownership: What to expect from Chalmers' second budget

    • James Massola
    • 04 May 2023
    2 Comments

    Jim Chalmers’ second budget marks the moment the federal Labor government takes full ownership of the national economy. This budget shapes as a more ambitious document and a more authentically Labor one, too. Chalmers is seeking to look after those who are less well-off, while balancing that against the need to avoid overspending. 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Take this: A story of pharmacy

    • Michael McGirr
    • 14 April 2023
    5 Comments

    What are the implications of widespread use of Metformin, Pembrolizumab, or Nivolumab, and what do they say about us? Featuring a humourless pharmacist and a thick wad of prescriptions, the story of our complicated relationship with pharmaceuticals is a meandering map of the human condition.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    It's time we ended politically induced poverty

    • John Falzon
    • 23 March 2023
    11 Comments

    As jobseeker payments are indexed for inflation, increased payments are still well below the minimum wage and age pension. With successive neoliberal governments dismantling social infrastructure, people living in poverty have little means of escape. Poverty is not a personal choice but a political one.

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  • ECONOMICS

    Daring to intrude in the dismal science

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 02 March 2023
    3 Comments

    As politicians and economists search for a simple solution to inflation, high debt, and rising interest rates, Australia's inequality has become a defining feature of its economy. As the fear of unintended consequences and the power of vested interests loom large, incremental reform may be the only way to reduce inequality and serve the common good.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Ukraine, one year on

    • David Halliday
    • 28 February 2023
    2 Comments

    One year on from Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the world is left with a sense of unease. As the worst state-on-state aggression in Europe since World War Two, it has had global, cascading effects on inflation, energy prices, and food security. So how will it end?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Those with the least are still expected to do the most in the face of inflation

    • John Falzon
    • 31 October 2022
    3 Comments

    In the first Chalmers budget we see a firm, albeit modest, assertion of the role of government in the long-term project of exiting the dismal and destructive era of neoliberalism and incrementally creating, in its place, a society where we have the collective resources to care for eachother, our planet and ourselves.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    When desire meets expectations

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 28 October 2022
    1 Comment

    A large part of ending violence against women and children is about convincing men that there’s a more healthy way to live; that there’s a society in which they can feel comfortable in themselves, pursue their dreams, and find love and comfort with others, and feel respected for who they are.

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