The roots of the robodebt crisis

Nadine Flood is National Secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union

If you’ve tried to get through to Centrelink recently, on the phone or in person at one of their offices, it’s probably cost you a good couple of hours of your life and masses of unnecessary stress. The dubious upside of this frustration is that the wait at least gives you time to think. You might be thinking about all the other things you could be doing if you weren’t stuck here, doing this. You might be wondering why the hell this system is such a mess. You might not be thinking about how you’re witnessing the slow unpicking of the formidable and hardwon Australian social safety net. But you are.

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Another world is possible, but only if we seize this moment

Osmond Chiu is the Editor of Challenge

We are on the precipice of a moment of transformation. The orthodoxy of the last forty years feels as if it is exhausted and on the verge of collapse. What fills the vacuum is yet to be seen.

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The next chapter for NSW Labor: tragedy, comedy or tale of triumph?

Rose Jackson is the NSW Labor Assistant General Secretary

In a world fraught with unprecedented economic and political uncertainty, the Sydney Town Hall might seem a long way from the serious action in Europe or the USA.

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It's the inequality, stupid

Assistant National Secretary, Paul Erickson, writes about the lessons from the British election for Australian Labor

When the British Prime Minister Theresa May called a general election in April, I was among the many who were deeply pessimistic about Labour's prospects.

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Terri Butler on Higher Education

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Shadow Assistant Minister for Universities, Terri Butler, writes about the importance of higher education and the unfair policies of Prime Minister Turnbull.

Dropping the higher education repayment threshold down to an income of $42,000, and indexing the threshold to CPI instead of average weekly earnings, makes no conceptual sense. It is a departure from the spirit of a scheme created to require students to make an additional contribution, above that made by other citizens, in recognition of the private benefit of university education, while acknowledging that it is, first and foremost, a public benefit.

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