Social Policy Research Centre

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One in ten Australian children misses school at least once a week, almost one in six has been bullied, and one in thirty – a child in almost every classroom – goes to bed or school hungry nearly every day, according to a new report from UNSW and Flinders University.

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An ambitious project looking at social and economic productivity across the age spectrum has won Professor Lyn Craig a prestigious Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council.

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Are low wages and high debt pushing society to a tipping point? Could migrants solve our family care 'problems'? Does climate change denial represent a failure of social science? Read the latest research from UNSW's biennial Australian Social Policy Conference.

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The ascendancy of climate change denial represents a failure of courage and capacity by the social sciences and a crisis for the profession, Robert Manne has told Australia’s largest social policy conference.

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An over reliance on grandparents to help care for young children is exposing weaknesses in Australia's current labour market and childcare policies, argues Myra Hamilton. 

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Before making a policy decision, the Turnbull government must understand the full social and economic impact of cutting penalty rates, writes Lyn Craig.

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The UNSW Social Policy Research Centre will host a debate about whether people with disabilities should ever legally require substitute decision-makers. 

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Canberra needs to think very carefully before responding to the Productivity Commission’s report into childcare and early childhood learning, write Deb Brennan and Elizabeth Adamson.

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Attempts to curb online bullying are like chasing a moving target and cyberbullying will continue to change and evolve irrespective of the policy regime, writes Ilan Katz. 

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Thousands of children whose parents are unemployed will be excluded from early childhood services if the government accepts draft recommendations of the Productivity Commission, UNSW research has found.

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