Youth underemployment at four-decade peak: Brotherhood report – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Michelle Grattan Underemployment among young people is now at its highest in the 40 years since it has been officially counted, according to a report from the Brotherhood of St Laurence released on Monday. In February underemployment was 18% of the youth labour force, affecting even more young people than … [Read More] Youth underemployment at four-decade peak: Brotherhood report – The Conversation

Connecting People with Jobs: Key Issues for Raising Labour Market Participation in Australia – OECD

SUMMARY Giving people better opportunities to participate actively in the labour market improves well-being. It also helps countries to cope with rapid population ageing by mobilising more fully each country’s potential labour resources. Weak labour market attachment of some groups in society reflects a range of barriers to working or moving up the jobs ladder. … [Read More] Connecting People with Jobs: Key Issues for Raising Labour Market Participation in Australia – OECD

Food as a discretionary item: the impact of welfare payment changes on low-income single mother’s food choices and strategies – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

ABSTRACT Recent changes to Australia’s welfare system have affected low-income single parent families, with many moved on to an employment seeker’s payment (a reduced payment) when the policy change made them ineligible for a family payment. To explore the impacts of this policy change, in-depth interviews were conducted with 23 low-income single mothers across Australia. … [Read More] Food as a discretionary item: the impact of welfare payment changes on low-income single mother’s food choices and strategies – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

Our big cities are engines of inequality, so how do we fix that? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Somwrita Sarkar, Peter Phibbs and Roderick Simpson Australia’s global cities are a very large part of the nation’s economic success, but they are also generating significantly unequal incomes. Our recent research found that as Australian cities have grown, their income inequality has increased. Cities provide many social and cultural opportunities and allow … [Read More] Our big cities are engines of inequality, so how do we fix that? The Conversation

Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Shirley Jackson The Fair Work Commission decided to cut Sunday and some public holiday rates of pay across the hospitality, retail, pharmacy and fast food industries for full time, part time and some casual workers. This will hit young people the hardest as research tells us that while a third of … [Read More] Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most – The Conversation

Penalty rates for Sunday, holiday work to be slashed after landmark decision by Fair Work Commission – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Nick Toscano and Anna Patty Hundreds of thousands of Australians who work on Sundays will have their take-home pay slashed after a landmark ruling by the national workplace umpire. The Fair Work Commission on Thursday morning announced Sunday penalty rates paid in retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy industries will be … [Read More] Penalty rates for Sunday, holiday work to be slashed after landmark decision by Fair Work Commission – Sydney Morning Herald

Money for nothing: has the time come for universal basic income? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Mark Smith “Money for nothing” is not just a song from 1985 by Dire Straits but also, it seems, a new wave of policies supporting the government providing an income for citizens, regardless of their economic activity. Benoît Hamon, the surprise winner of the first round of the socialist primaries in … [Read More] Money for nothing: has the time come for universal basic income? The Conversation

How is family housing property reshaping welfare regimes? The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Richard Ronald While intergenerational inequalities have become more pronounced in recent years, they also appear to have reinforced intergenerational cooperation and the revival of the family as a provider of welfare and economic security. Keynote speaker at the 10th Australasian Housing Researchers Conference 2017, Dr Richard Ronald from the Centre for … [Read More] How is family housing property reshaping welfare regimes? The Fifth Estate

Wages, government payments and other income of indigenous and non-indigenous Australians – Australian Journal of Labour Economics

ABSTRACT This paper compares the level and source of income for Indigenous and non- Indigenous Australians using data from the 2011 wave of the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA). Three sources of income are considered: wages and salaries; government benefits; and income from businesses, investments and other private transfers. Consistent with many … [Read More] Wages, government payments and other income of indigenous and non-indigenous Australians – Australian Journal of Labour Economics

New research shows how family inheritances deepen intergenerational inequality – Intergenerational Foundation

Extract from an article by David Kingman David Kingman reports on the findings of a recent piece of research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies that looks at family inheritances. Family inheritances are set to exacerbate both inter- and intra-generational inequality: this is the main implication of an important new piece of researchthat has recently … [Read More] New research shows how family inheritances deepen intergenerational inequality – Intergenerational Foundation

Social protection and basic income in global policy – Global Social Policy

Extract from an article by Moritz von Gliszczynski Since the early 2000s, social protection has become a mainstay in global policy debates and has been recently named as an instrument to achieve the United Nation’s (UN) sustainable development goals (UN, 2016). This is the outcome of a long-term shift in policy: after decades of neglect at the global level, … [Read More] Social protection and basic income in global policy – Global Social Policy

Citizen’s Income: Rights and Wrongs (UK) – Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion

ABSTRACT A Citizen’s Income, or a Basic Income, is not a new idea but it has been receiving increasing attention. There is confusion about the idea and an attempt is made to distinguish different concepts. Then a full Citizen’s Income is examined in relation to four key criteria: the justice of an unconditional benefit; the … [Read More] Citizen’s Income: Rights and Wrongs (UK) – Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion

Higher property prices linked to income inequality: study – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Hassan F. Gholipour, Jeremy Nguyen and Mohammad Reza Farzanegan Higher property prices are not only associated with higher income inequality but also with a higher inequality in household spending, our research shows. We examined three decades of data from 1982 to 2012 in Iran, where income inequality is the highest in the Middle … [Read More] Higher property prices linked to income inequality: study – The Conversation

Basic income: a radical idea enters the mainstream – Australian Parliamentary Library

Extract from a Research Paper by Don Arthur Executive summary • A universal basic income (UBI) is a payment made to all adult individuals that allows people to meet their basic needs. It is made without any work or activity tests. • The idea of a universal basic income (UBI) is not new but until recently had … [Read More] Basic income: a radical idea enters the mainstream – Australian Parliamentary Library

Low wage growth continues in September Quarter 2016 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Media Release The seasonally adjusted Wage Price Index (WPI) rose 0.4 per cent in the September quarter 2016, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Through the year to September quarter 2016 the WPI rose 1.9 per cent, a new low for the series. Seasonally adjusted, private sector wages grew … [Read More] Low wage growth continues in September Quarter 2016 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

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