Tag - economy

Jobs key to reviving flailing economy

With a softening labour market, it is time for the government to focus on job creation and targeted fiscal stimulus. The government would be wise to lift Newstart and home in on families with children by increasing Family Tax Benefits. Finally, we should pilot a jobs guarantee program for those over 50 and people...

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Calls to raise Newstart rate growing louder

The Australian Catholic Church’s ongoing effort to see Newstart payments raised for the first time in over 20 years appears to be gaining ground. According to SBS, the adequacy of Newstart and related welfare payments will be examined in a wide-ranging Senate inquiry as calls grow for an increase to the unemployment support payment. Chairman of...

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A Fairer Tax System

While Anthony Albanese and his Labor team contemplate another three years in opposition, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is already working the cross-benches to garner support for his ambitious personal income tax cuts program. Mr Morrison’s tax cuts narrative is clear: the tax system needs to be fairer and provide better reward for effort. Read more at...

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Church calls for living wage for Australian families

The Church has made submissions on the minimum wage since 2003 with a focus on low-paid workers and their families, arguing for a decent standard of living for wage-dependent families. Megan Kavanagh, a member of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Employment Relations Reference Group, said there has been a tradition in Australia – dating back...

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A job is the best form of welfare

With its announcement of an overhaul of the Jobactive program, the Australian Labor Party last week made the first move of the year on employment policy. But with a federal election looming, we ought to prepare ourselves for a mantra of “jobs” and “the economy”. Read more at Pro Bono Australia.

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