Social Policy Research Centre

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Research conducted by UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre has revealed an increase in the number of children living in 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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Baby boomers have become a convenient scapegoat for our social and economic ills. But this intergenerational narrative is neither true nor helpful, writes Myra Hamilton.

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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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