Bruce Bradbury

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UNSW and ACOSS report provides a baseline to measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on poverty in Australia.

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Almost 37% of Australian workers do not have paid sick leave. We need to fix this if we want people not to turn up to work when sick during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Australia's unemployment benefits are now middle of the pack, but the package treats two-income couples badly.

Social protection and the viral recession

So far, Australia’s help for people displaced, self-isolating or ill has been far from generous.

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One quarter of Australian workers have no paid sick leave. They are more likely than most to work in service industries, dealing with people face to face.

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Government action on income support, housing and employment could lift people out of poverty.

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Fixing Newstart isn't enough. We need a comprehensive inquiry into our complex and bewildering social security system, especially as it applies to single parents.

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Not only has income inequality in Australia grown over the past two decades, rich and poor are also more segregated in terms of where they live, writes Bruce Bradbury.

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Well-directed assistance is economically effective and withdrawing it could be devastating, write Peter Whiteford, Bruce Bradbury and Gerry Redmond.