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Give states revenue responsibility to improve efficiency

The Australian: Sitting alongside the Tax White Paper is the development of the Federation White Paper.  It may not get people as excited as tax changes, but federation reform could be equally far-reaching. This will be on the agenda for the COAG leaders meeting this week. There is a gene... ... (17-Apr)

Cut debt or face a Greek future

The Australian: Earlier this week, Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen again sought to “inject some context into the budget debate” by comparing our relatively low debt levels with those of other countries, particularly European ones. This is the constant argument from those who dismiss Australia’s de... ... (18-Mar)

Template in place for progress in indigenous communities

The Australian: NICOLAS Rothwell is one of the most thoughtful writers on indigenous matters, but his critique of federal government policy fails to comprehend the stark shift that is under way — in priorities, governance and practical action. This shift will not result in communities being tur... ... (07-Feb)

Reforms will bring work and real prospects to remote areas

The Australian: THE federal government’s changes to the remote jobs program, announced last weekend, are the first major antidote to the poison that has inflicted remote communities for decades: welfare passivity. Since the early 1970s, when widespread welfare was introduced, people in remote c... ... (09-Dec)

Unshackle tyranny of low expectations

The Australian: “IT’S paradise. I’ve been to these communities lots of times ... Why would you go to school when you can go turtle hunting?” Jon Faine put this question to me when we were discussing remote Aboriginal education on ABC radio in Melbourne. It’s Faine’s style to be contrar­... ... (28-Oct)

Welfare flaws clear in Arnhem Land insight

The Australian: LAST week history was made when Tony Abbott took the seat of government to Yolngu country in East Arnhem Land.   To spend time in an indigenous community is an enriching experience: theory becomes practice; statistics become people of flesh and blood; gallery pieces become liv... ... (26-Sep)

Welfare lobby blind to reality

The Australian: It is almost impossible to imagine the day that the Australian Council of Social Service advocates tackling welfare dependency. Last week, it said it would never support any individual at any time having to wait before they access welfare payments. Not even for a month. This is ... ... (08-Sep)

Creating a more mobile workforce

The Herald Sun: STARTING this week, those who have struggled to find work will be eligible for up to $6000 to move location to take up a job. This means a Victorian who decides to take up work in a vineyard in the Yarra Valley or a mine in Queensland could claim $6000 for moving, and another $3... ... (04-Jul)

Mr Shorten, more money, failed policies won’t help indigenous people

The Australian: BILL Shorten’s critique of the ­government’s indigenous policy is disappointing and misguided. Last week, on this page, he criticised the government for its budget savings of 4.5 per cent in indigenous specific programs. “A brutal and heartless cut”, the Opposition Leader wrote... ... (25-Jun)

Welfare benefits a broad church

The Australian: THE Australian Council of ­Social Services’ critique of the Abbott government’s “earn or learn” policy may be well-­intentioned, but it is misguided. ACOSS fails to acknowledge that while the present system supports the vulnerable it also creates welfare dependence, just as... ... (17-Jun)

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