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In defence of good research wherever it is found

21 July 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… In response to commentary deprecating The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey: Selected Findings from Waves 1 to 12 by Roger Wilkins of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at The University of Melbourne, Conor King, the Executive Director of the Innovative Research Universities Group, provides his perspective on the valuable insight which the Survey presents.  …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The commentary on The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey: Selected Findings from Waves 1 to 12 by Roger Wilkins of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and … [Read more...]

About HILDA

The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey is an Australian household-based panel study which began in 2001. It has been used for examining issues such as the incidence of persistent poverty; assets and income in the transition to retirement; the correlates and impact of changes in physical and mental health; and an international comparison of wealth and happiness. The survey is widely used by Australian and international researchers in the fields of economics, social science and social policy and by the Australian Government. The HILDA survey is managed by a small team from the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of … [Read more...]

NAIDOC Week 2015

 7 July 2015 We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.  NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our … [Read more...]

Nature is speaking

2 July 2015 Nature doesn't need people - people need nature ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The The Abbott government bangs on a bit about "intergenerational theft" - the "public debt legacy" current generations are leaving to to their children and grandchildren to sort.   As one business writer has observed: That’s a bit rich coming from a government that has axed the carbon tax, tried to increase university fees and hopes to cut youth welfare. It’s a bit rich coming from a government that doesn’t have a thing to say about Australian housing policy or the superannuation concessions that largely benefit older and richer Australians. It's also a government that is … [Read more...]

We ignore  Magna Carta at our peril

Fairfax Media   |     12 June 2015 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………   As members and senators gather in the Parliament today, they should all make their way to the public gallery where an issue of Magna Carta dating from 1297 is on display and ponder its significance as the foundation document of our form of democracy.  They might reflect,  as Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs observed, that the great principle of Magna Carta  "supremacy of the law over the sovereign – or in today’s parlance, executive – government is under threat in our democracy."   But the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta sounds a warning: Parliament cannot ride rough-shod over the basic rights of … [Read more...]

Scrapping the GST on tampons not so difficult after all

 ABC Fact Check    |     27 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Treasurer Joe Hockey and Prime Minister Tony Abbott say they need the agreement of the states and territories to remove the GST from tampons and pads.  ABC's Fact Check reports that there's no legal barrier, however,  to the federal government changing the base or rate of the GST without state and territory permission. While it might be politically difficult, and not something any government would do lightly, claims that it's not possible to change the GST without state agreement are misleading. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… … [Read more...]

The Conversation seeks support

13 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Budget confirmed that the funding support The Conversation has received from the Australian Government since 2011 has ended. The funding The Conversation was seeking over 2 years ($2 million) is equivalent to 2 years funding the government proposes for the Lomborg Consensus Centre. Here's a message from Andrew Jaspan, The Conversation's editor, seeking donations. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… We failed to persuade Education Minister Christopher Pyne that we need a further two years funding to secure our future.  Our aim is to be fully self sufficient by 2017 through the contributions from our global network. A … [Read more...]

A good cause to support on Mother’s Day

9 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Or any day, for that matter. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Impact for Women was founded in May 2006 by Kathy Kaplan OAM and a group of her friends with the specific goal of making a difference to women and children in crisis - specifically to Victorian women and their children living in crisis accommodations as they flee domestic violence. It has aspirations to go national.   … [Read more...]

Gough Whitlam’s life and legacy: experts respond

The Conversation     |      21 October 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………  Gough Whitlam, Labor prime minister from 1972 to 1975, has died aged 98. A giant of modern Australian politics, his passing triggered a flood of tributes on Tuesday morning 21 October 2014. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......……   In a statement, current Labor leader Bill Shorten said: Like no other PM before or since, Gough Whitlam redefined our country and in doing so he changed the lives of a generation … Our country is different because of him. Despite spending less than three years in office before being sensationally dismissed by the governor-general, Sir John Kerr, the … [Read more...]

It was time

 21 October  2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Gough Whitlam, the 21st prime minister of Australia, has died. This item was first posted on 13 November 2012 to mark the fortieth anniversary of his "It's time" campaign speech. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Most readers of The Scan - and indeed the parents of some readers - are too young to remember the balmy evening of 13 November 1972 when Gough Whitlam declared at the Blacktown Civic Centre, before 1500 supporters and a television audience of millions, that "It's time":  Men and Women of Australia! The decision we will make for our country on 2 December is a choice between the past … [Read more...]