Author Archives: Peter Whiteford

For richer or poorer: the delicate art of messing with middle class welfare

Originally posted at The Conversation by Gerry Redmond and Peter Whiteford (Disclosure:  Gerry Redmond and Peter whiteford receive funding from the Australian Research Council for a project on “Supporting Families: Horizontal and Vertical Equity in the Australian Tax and Transfer Systems”.) One … Continue reading

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Will the Budget slow the growth of Disability Support Pension numbers?

Originally posted at APO (Australian Policy Online) Last week’s Budget Speech by the Treasurer announced a package of reforms designed to help people receiving a Disability Support Pension to get into work. The package includes a range of measures: • New participation requirements for … Continue reading

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Why unemployment benefits need to be increased

One of the more surprising newspaper stories of recent times was Peter Martin’s article of November 15 on OECD takes aim at Labor policies which quoted the OECD Economic Survey of Australia as saying that Australia’s unemployment benefits are too … Continue reading

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The stimulus and the costs of unemployment

The Australian fiscal stimulus package has been controversial, with some Australian economists and visiting UK historian Niall Ferguson arguing that it was unnecessarily large or wasteful, and other Australian economists and visiting US economist Joseph Stiglitz arguing that it was … Continue reading

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Does welfare sap the will to save?

Recently, Jeremy Sammut of the Centre for Independent Studies has had a number of opinion pieces published in the Australian Welfare saps the will to save on March 5 and “Welfare killed saving” (December 18) and a longer paper published … Continue reading

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