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Opinion Pieces

Pensions: what we must consider before raising the eligibility age

20 April 2014

Published in the Sun Herald newspaper, Sunday April 20, 2014

In the discussion about costs of an ageing population and intergenerational inequality an important point has been lost. People need to... [ Read more ]

Are we committed to an inclusive growth agenda…or not?

11 April 2014

Published in The Australian Financial Review, Friday April 11, 2014

While most of us agree that our nation faces a fiscal challenge, it's harder to get a consensus on the policy solutions to steer... [ Read more ]

Treat extreme heat as emergencies and protect the most vulnerable

3 February 2014

Published in the Sunday Telegraph, February 2, 2014

THIS summer, Eastern Australia has been gripped by a rolling series of severe heatwaves, with Melbourne, Adelaide and much of NSW experiencing... [ Read more ]

Poverty is real, and here

24 January 2014

Published in The Australian on Friday January 24, 2014

The article by Adam Creighton ("Poverty here? Give me a break - The real problem for Australia is an addiction to welfare", January 17) ignores... [ Read more ]

Jobs are key to Disability Pension Reform

8 January 2014

Published in the Daily Telegraph and other News Limited publications on Tuesday 8 January 2014.

The Federal Government proposes an "all options are on the table" overhaul of Australia's Disability... [ Read more ]

Jobs not Newstart the key to disability pension reform

2 January 2014

Published in The National Times on December 31, 2013

The Abbott Government's proposed overhaul of the Disability Support Pension has caused significant anxiety for many who live with a disability and... [ Read more ]

Child poverty is on the rise: an uncomfortable truth, not overblown claim

5 December 2013

ACOSS CEO responds to ABC Fact Check

Thank you to all - including ABC Fact Check – for joining in one of our most important national debates: the nature and extent of child poverty in Australia.... [ Read more ]

Days of skimming cash off Australia’s poorest must end

31 October 2013

Published in the SMH on Wednesday October 23, 2013

The new government and the opposition have a chance to break from past policy failures of successive governments by putting an end to the social... [ Read more ]