Social Affairs

People joining hands

Nations can only achieve sustainable peace when they deal with the past, a leading researcher will tell a global development conference at UNSW.

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Official explanations that blame terrorism for the conflict in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State should not be accepted at face value, writes Melissa Crouch.

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Warnings from almost 40 years ago about the perils of detaining asylum seekers have proved prescient, writes Claire Higgins.

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The Hon Adrian Piccoli is joining UNSW Sydney as director of a newly created institute for education, based in the University’s Arts & Social Sciences’ School of Education.

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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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The Newstart Allowance received by people looking for work falls well below the minimum income required to achieve a basic standard of living, UNSW research has found. 

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State funding for Sydney's disadvantaged communities is very low compared to Melbourne, highlighting a need to rethink the city's centralised funding approach, write Ilan Wiesel, Caitlin Buckle and Fanqi Liu.

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Philip Alston has urged policy makers to recognise the connections between poverty, inequality and human rights as he delivered the Australian Human Rights Centre's Annual Public Lecture. 

 Scarlet Alliance

For sex workers, legal, cultural and social discourse is characterised by prurience, titillation, outrage and disgust – all the hallmarks of stigma, writes Zahra Zsuzsanna Stardust.

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