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Dina Bowman

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Safety net to poverty trap? The twentieth-century origins of Australia’s uneven social security system

Tracing the history of Australia’s social security system helps us to consider what reforms are needed for the present day. This paper explores how our social security system has developed over more than 100 years since Federation, and why it is no longer suitable for...
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Trampolines not traps

This paper draws on policy analysis and interviews with 27 Victorian women to propose a multidimensional framework for understanding and achieving economic security for low-income single mothers and their children.
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Economic security and dignity: a financial wellbeing framework

This paper proposes a financial wellbeing framework that recognises the drivers, impacts and experience of economic insecurity, and is based on the concept of economic dignity.
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The gap: why Australian women earn millions less

There’s a vast gap between the projected lifetime earnings of the average Australian man with kids, compared with the projected earnings of the average Australian woman with kids. The gap is about two million dollars.
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Improving the health of older aged care workers

This study of older ‘pink collar’ workers in aged care points to the need for policy and practice changes to ensure Australia has enough skilled workers to provide quality care, and to protect and support the physical and emotional health of those workers.