Welfare system needs root and branch reform: Mission Australia
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian
WELFARE recipients must have more regular assessments to address changes in their personal circumstances that require different levels of support, the country's largest welfare organisation has told the Abbott government's review of the sector.
Bipartisan brutality is morally bankrupt
Mark Kenny, Sydney Morning Herald
Onshore detention once ended in dysfunction and violence. That is now the future on Manus Island.
Feds Initiate NDIS Workforce Strategy
The Coalition Government is to begin a workforce development strategy for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Morrison's law of intended consequences
Tony Kevin, Eureka Street
The news from Manus Island is dreadful. We know that at least one asylum seeker has died as a result of injuries sustained in disturbances over the past three days.
WA distraction to test Coalition numbers
Barrie Cassidy, The Drum
The fresh Senate vote may bruise the Abbott Government, but it could bounce back with state election wins and secure wall-to-wall Coalition governments.
Some not-for-profits should try a more charitable approach
Jane Fynes-Clinton, The Courier Mail
I AM over the hard sell and the puppy dog eyes. I struggle to be polite when I say, not for the first time, that I don’t want to buy raffle tickets, or a badge, or a paper outline of something or other with my name on it to stick on the supermarket window.
Childcare plan a trap for families
WOMEN will be forced into debt and discouraged from working according to Labor, feminists and the childcare sector, who strongly oppose a business group’s proposal for HECS-style loans for childcare fees.
Your say: living through drought
What is it like to watch your area succumb to drought, and how do you plot a course through a natural disaster that has no real start and end point? The ABC asked people dealing with drought conditions to tell their stories; here is a selection of the responses.