Peter Saunders

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Education through to the end of high school is a birthright in Australia but many kids are missing out on important parts of that birthright in ways that leave them feeling like losers and outsiders.

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The report, produced with UNSW Sydney, for the first time allows young people to explain in revealing detail their experiences of poverty.

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The report was launched today at the National Press Club in Canberra to coincide with Anti-Poverty Week.

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Beyond the personal effects on individuals, vast disparities in income can erode social cohesion and undermine economic growth, researchers say.

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The minimum wage may be adequate for some low-paid workers – but this is clearly not the case for the woefully inadequate Newstart Allowance, writes Peter Saunders.

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Dr Cassandra Goldie, head of the Australian Council of Social Service, has a PhD in Law from UNSW. At the university she met Professor Peter Saunders, from the Social Policy Research Centre, with whom ACOSS has now partnered to produce landmark reports into poverty.

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It's now almost 30 years since Bob Hawke promised to end child poverty by 1990. In the meantime we have seen economic growth deliver rising real incomes to most Australians, yet the pledge remains a distant goal, writes Peter Saunders.

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UNSW’s Peter Saunders has been appointed to the World Bank Commission on Global Poverty.

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Many Australians are missing out on essentials in life, yet they do not register on statistics measuring poverty, according to research from UNSW.