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How unequal? Insights on inequality

Australia has experienced its longest period of economic growth in history during the last quarter century. Yet, there is growing debate about the benefits of this economic growth and their distribution, and the extent to which inequality is increasing in Australia.
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The utility of new data in understanding housing insecurity

This study investigated the potential of using the Department of Social Services DOMINO (Data Over Multiple Individual Occurrences) dataset as a fine-grained, within-year data resource for housing research, and in particular explores the capacity of the DOMINO dataset to yield new insights into patterns of...
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Everyone counts: uncovering patterns of Newstart Allowance

This analysis of administrative social security data aimed to gain a clearer understanding of income volatility in Australia. The focus is on unemployed and underemployed Australians who received Newstart Allowance — a group of individuals highly exposed to the risks of financial insecurity.
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What works best in reducing child poverty: a benefit or work strategy?

This paper assesses the extent to which child poverty is associated with the work status of parents. Whiteford and Adema find that in nearly all OECD countries child poverty rates are significantly higher for jobless families than for families with at least one parent in...
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A stocktake of the tax system and directions for reform

Tax reform is in the news daily. Calls for fundamental reform have become louder, but there are diverse views on the direction and scope of the reform that is needed. The Liberal/National Coalition Government has committed to a White Paper process on Tax Reform, which...
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Australia: inequality and prosperity and their impacts in a radical welfare state

Over the last 30 years or so the Australian economy has been subject to wide-ranging reforms. These reforms include reducing high protective tariffs on imported goods and removing some non-tariff barriers, floating the Australian dollar, deregulating the financial services sector, deregulating the labour market, increasing...
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Should we be worried about "zero net taxpayers"?

Following Duncan Storrar’s appearance on the ABC’s 'Q&A' program on 9 May 2016, one of the milder reactions to his questions about tax cuts was an article in The Australian - “ABC’s ‘budget fairness’ victim pays no net tax”. The article pointed out that Mr...
Briefing paper

Social security and welfare spending in Australia: assessing long-term trends

This brief draws mainly on OECD data from 1980-2014 and on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data about social security payments to households.