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Australia and the United Kingdom are commonly classified among the ‘liberal’ welfare regimes by social policy researchers. This is not surprising: there are obvious institutional and cultural similarities between the two countries, and policy ideas have evidently been passed back and forth between them. But...
The welfare states of Australia and the United Kingdom share much, but not everything, as the first article in this series comparing the two countries showed. In this instalment, focus shifts to how taxes, cash benefits and services in-kind, such as health, education and housing,...
Much comparative analysis in social policy uses ‘snapshots’ of what different kinds of households receive and contribute in a given year. But household and individual circumstances change over time. Some changes happen as life takes its course: for example, children begin life as receivers, but...
There are many intermediate steps in the move from a snapshot comparison of the distribution of taxation and benefits in Australia and the United Kingdom to a life course perspective. Taking time into account over the short and medium terms shows us the impact of...
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.
This brief draws mainly on OECD data from 1980-2014 and on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data about social security payments to households.
This article identifies and discusses some of the main technical factors affecting both poverty measurement and distributional analysis.
UEXPECTED bills can be a challenge for any household. But for people who rely on social security payments, unexpected news of a significant debt – sometimes dating back years – can be bewildering, to say the least. This is exactly what tens of thousands of...
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...