Under metadata retention legislation all citizens can become the object of suspicion. “The government now assumes if you want privacy you must be guilty of something” reports Jennifer Wilson. There is something very rotten in the state of a nation’s politics when both its government and its opposition are able … Continue reading
By Marta Woolford By depicting people as “commodities”, it’s easy to describe them as “burdens” — or worse, in Joe Hockey’s words, “leaners”. Marta Woolford argues that the Abbott Government’s obsession with neo-liberal ideology has disconnected it from the public it is supposed to serve.
By Patrick Kelly Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Liberal-National government last month released a report into the Australian welfare system that outlined measures aimed at slashing billions of dollars in public spending by denying welfare payments to hundreds of thousands of disabled, unemployed and other vulnerable people. The report’s chief author, … Continue reading
Over 70 mental health organisations have written to prime minister Tony Abbott imploring him to maintain $300m in annual funding to mental health services that are preparing to sack staff as they face an end to commonwealth grants on 30 June. Groups including Headspace, Suicide Prevention Australia, the Black Dog … Continue reading
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By Michael Gordon The Abbott government sought the resignation of the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs two weeks before it launched an extraordinary attack on the commission over its report on children in immigration detention.
By Warwick Smith Joe Hockey, the treasurer, now concedes he may not be able to deliver his promised budget surplus any time in the foreseeable future. This news is good for private savings because, when the government runs a surplus, the non-government sector must run a deficit. This is a … Continue reading
By Greg Jericho The latest figures on welfare recipients reveal that contrary to the scare campaigns, the level of people in Australia on welfare has fallen dramatically over the past decade, and that rather than those on disability pensions, the big increase is those going onto the aged pension. The … Continue reading
By Oliver Milman More than 50 homeless organisations have made an unprecedented united plea to the social services minister, Scott Morrison, not to end funding for the sector, as state governments expressed dismay at the prospect of vulnerable homeless people being cut adrift.
This is in the UK, but it mirrors what is happening in Australia. – Papuq By Zoe Williams When ministers’ priorities are cost-cutting and short-term PR wins, research into what actually works falls by the wayside – with disastrous consequences