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Boomers and Millennials: better a pension than Newstart … until the virus

The biggest risk of living in poverty in Australia is to receive welfare payments without an additional source of income. This is a problem of both generational and class inequality. Noah Corbett reports on decades of economic policy decisions which have reduced the social welfare safety net for those who are young, working-age or older without property whilst benefitting wealthy, older Australians who own property and have sizeable superannuation.

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Gutless Wonders: when will politicians demonstrate the accountability they foist on the rest of us?

Gutless Wonders: when will politicians demonstrate the accountability they foist on the rest of us?

From Robodebt to Ruby Princess, politicians are past masters at ducking responsibility, though busy prosecuting their perceived foes. Will they stop at nothing to avoid being accountable, asks Elizabeth Minter. Taxpayers are on the hook for $3 million in court costs fighting whistleblowers, and threatened High Court action to stop a federal employee giving evidence to the Ruby Princess Inquiry. All the while, in the absence of a federal anti-corruption commission, the political scandals unfold, and pass without consequence.

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