Want to know what the Coalition will do about equal pay? According to the story in today’s Daily Telegraph, we can assume nothing will be done to raise the pay rates of the women who provide undervalued child care and community services. ‘MEN who opt to be the primary carer of their newborn babies will […]
What election? It’s hard to miss the coverage in the conventional media or even the political junkies using twitter, but the general population seems not to be engaged in the task of deciding our future. Young people contacted through a Vibewire project seemed fairly unaware and uninterested and calls for involvement by some advocacy groups […]
Sure, I’d like to see the miners pay more tax as they make money out of our reserves of minerals. Like the evil capitalists in early cartoons in socialist magazines, the mining companies’ bosses make very good villains. They earn ridiculous amounts of money and often come with strange accents and dubious corporate antecedents. Who […]
Minister Macklin’s response to the latest evidence that Income Management doesn’t work, from the newly released Menzies Health Centre study, is only the latest example of anti-evidence based decisions in the welfare system. Jumbunna, the UTS Indigenous research unit, released a report last week summarising the earlier evidence for and against the proposed changes. Using […]
There was a Press Club lunch yesterday that received minimal coverage. It put the Minister for the Status of Women, Tanya Plibersek against Sharman Stone, her Opposition equivalent on the election issues for women. While there is no specific women’s vote, there are more women voters than men, and there are too many issues that […]
The loss of 200 plus promised child care centres is the latest example of both a broken election promise and government misuse of data to justify bad policy making. The justification for cutting the funding is claims that region wide vacancy data show that there is no need for Commonwealth capital funding for the new […]
A somewhat despairing member of the audience on last night’s Q&A asked Scott Morrison whether the Coalition could stop goading the government on asylum seekers. This, she saw, was the only way that the issue would stop being used as vote bait exercise by both parties. My last piece on the election suggested that polls […]
As a professional researcher, I have a long term and well founded set of doubts about the capacity of quantitative polling to reflect or predict public opinions. The problem with this type of research is that people express views, tailored to the question, that may well be neither deeply held nor likely to affect their […]
Will Caucus allow unproven, dangerous changes to income management to go through? How do you balance expert evidence and personal communications and opinions? asks Eva Cox.
I wouldn’t trust Tony Abbot to be a serious supporter of policies that would make it easier for us to combine parenting and paid work. He claims to have had a recent conversion, but I suspect it is fairly superficial because his other views seem to have stayed much the same, writes Eva Cox.