Social issues

Research report

29 Aug 2107

This study shows rising inequality in the hourly rates of gross earnings (before tax and benefits) among both wage and salary earners and the self-employed over the period 1998- 2015. It finds the hourly earnings of low and middle income wage and salary earners went up at half the rate of the...

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15 Sep 2017

Social policy analyst Eva Cox has highlighted many of the problems with the survey design, the way interviews were conducted and the ethics of the process (Cox 2017), all of which suggest that the results presented should be treated with great scepticism. Her criticisms of the evaluation process...

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14 Sep 2017

This summary report presents the key findings from a qualitative study examining the experiences of women seeking help for domestic and family violence who live in regional, rural, and remote areas in Australia. The study contributes to the limited evidence on how geographical and social...

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14 Sep 2017

This report presents the results of a qualitative study examining the experiences of women seeking help for domestic and family violence who live in regional, rural, and remote areas in Australia. The study contributes to the limited evidence on how geographical and social isolation shapes women...

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13 Sep 2017

NDS commissioned ACIL Allen Consulting to research and establish a knowledge base on the contribution and potential of the WA disability sector under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

In developing the plan, there was extensive engagement within the disability sector and...

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13 Sep 2017

The rate at which states adopted the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) surprised even its sponsors. Yet the treaty is often misunderstood and misrepresented – by some, mistrusted. Facts and answers can be found in a variety of sources, but until now the treaty lacked a compendium. The full breadth of...

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13 Sep 2017

This research, conducted by staff of RMIT University in Melbourne, has been essentially a desk study. It was designed to review the literature concerning child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Australia and elsewhere. It included 26 key international and Australian inquiry reports. It may...

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13 Sep 2017

This Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) report shows Australia is at risk of becoming an Americanised society of working poor if people are not given a pay rise.

Rising inequality is forcing working people into poverty, with the number of workers who are now on minimum or award...

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Journal article

12 Sep 2017

Cyber-racism and other forms of cyber-bullying have become an increasing part of the internet mainstream, with 35% of Australian internet users witnessing such behaviour online. Cyber-racism poses a double challenge for effective regulation: a lack of consensus on how to define unacceptable...

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Video program

12 Sep 2017

This New Zealand documentary from Bryan Bruce investigates the reasons house prices have soared while the home ownership rate is falling. The result is there are people sleeping in cars and "rental refugees" in Whangarei.

In considering causes, Bruce reflects "My dad was a postman and my...

Commentary

12 Sep 2017

The postal marriage survey starts popping into letterboxes today, and if the deadline to return it were this Friday, or next, we know exactly what the result would be: an easy win for Yes.

Opinion polls tell us so. Polls can be wrong, but not by this amount. True, the marriage survey won’...

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Research report

11 Sep 2017

This is the second of five research reports from Giving Australia 2016, with findings of interest to civil society, government, business, and philanthropists.

The Business Giving and Volunteering report focuses on giving and volunteering by small, medium and large businesses that...

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11 Sep 2017

This is the third release, of five research reports from Giving Australia 2016, with findings of interest to civil society, government, business, and philanthropists.

The Individual Giving and Volunteering report provides insights on volunteering, including trends, innovations and...

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Audio program

11 Sep 2017

In New Zealand, this is Maori Language Week, or Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori.

Some Australians point to New Zealand's record on the widespread acceptance and adoption of Maori language, and make comparisons with this country, where there is yet to be such success around Aboriginal and Torres...

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Journal article

11 Sep 2017

Reducing lethal violence against women requires comprehensive measures addressing individual, social, economic, cultural, and situational factors. Regarding situational factors, access to weapons—and firearm access in particular—has received notable research attention. However, most study comes...

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10 Sep 2017

Mental illness is on the rise. In the last two years, the number of people seen by a GP with a diagnosed mental health issue has increased by 22 percent. And it's expected to get worse. The World Health Organisation predicts that depression will be the second leading cause of disability in the...

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08 Sep 2017

Prior to this research, the most recent analysis available was the Cost of road crashes in Australia 2006 (BITRE 2009) report published by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE).

Importantly, the report shows that...

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07 Sep 2017

This enquiry confirms that access to rehabilitation services remains the dominant concern for prisoners and former prisoners struggling with addiction. They are highly vulnerable to relapse and more likely to reoffend if they are unable to access timely, consistent and targeted support services...

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07 Sep 2017

On 21 September 2016, the Director-General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, on behalf of the Premier, asked the Principal Commissioner, Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) to ‘undertake a whole of system review of the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening)...

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