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Don Arthur

Briefing paper

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Fair and Balanced) Bill 2017

This Bill would amend the Act to insert the words ‘fair’ and ‘balanced’ into paragraph 8(1)(c). The amended Act would require the Board ‘to ensure that the gathering and presentation by the Corporation of news and information is fair, balanced, accurate and impartial according to...
Journal article

Robert Menzies’ other forgotten people

Talk about ‘lifters’ and ‘leaners’ relies on the belief that our economy offers everyone except people with severe and permanent disabilities the opportunity to contribute. This rhetoric categorises people according to their moral and personal qualities, and positions those who miss out as less worthy...
Article

Why can’t we have a simple welfare system?

For more than half a century, policy experts have been putting forward plans to simplify the income-support system. Some of the more radical plans, such as a negative income tax, would replace our current system of allowances and pensions with a single unconditional payment paid...
Report

Basic income: a radical idea enters the mainstream

A universal basic income (UBI) is a payment made to all adult individuals that allows people to meet their basic needs. Debates over basic income proposals have moved from the fringe to mainstream newspapers. Executive summary A universal basic income (UBI) is a payment made...
Report

What counts as welfare spending?

Debates over the federal budget often refer to the level of ‘welfare’ spending. However the term welfare is often poorly defined and can lead to confusion. Introduction Debates over the federal budget often refer to the level of ‘welfare’ spending. However the term welfare is...