Social Policy Research Centre

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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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With youth unemployment hitting its highest rate in a decade, UNSW and the Citi Foundation have joined forces to identify better pathways to employment and education for disadvantaged young people.

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Arthritis is the second leading cause of disability in Australia with many sufferers so severely disabled they cannot engage in basic everyday activities, UNSW research has found.

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Almost 50,000 Australian children experience cyberbullying that can lead to humiliation and depression, new research by UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre shows.

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The Productivity Commission has put UNSW research at the centre of its proposed childcare overhaul, adopting key principles from a Social Policy Research Centre submission in its review.

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The prospect of increasing private funding for community services raises questions about relationships between governments, markets and communities, write Natasha Cortis and Megan Blaxland.

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