Andrew Baker


Featured Publication

  • Not Looking for Work: The Rise of Non-Jobseekers on Unemployment Benefits 31 July 2013 | PM136
    Following the global financial crisis, the incumbent Labor government introduced policies that reduced the job search requirements for people on unemployment benefits. As a result, there are now around 350,000 people receiving unemployment benefits who are classified as ‘non-jobseekers’, meaning…...
    Following the global financial crisis, the incumbent Labor government introduced policies that reduced the job search requirements for people on unemployment benefits. As a result, there are now around 350,000 people receiving unemployment benefits who are classified as ‘non-jobseekers’, meaning…
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Media & Commentary

  • Voluntary student unionism 27 September 2013
    Voluntary Student Unionism (VSU) was briefly back on the agenda this week, before the Prime Minister Tony Abbott poured cold water over the idea, stating that it was not a priority for his government. The VSU debate is about whether…
    Voluntary Student Unionism (VSU) was briefly back on the agenda this week, before the Prime Minister Tony Abbott poured cold water over the idea, stating that it was not a priority for his government. The VSU debate is about whether…
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  • Senate reform and the political class 13 September 2013
    An ABC interview with one of Victoria's potential new senators, the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party's Ricky Muir, summed up the reaction of some in the political class to the election of a new crop of ordinary Australians from minor parties…
    An ABC interview with one of Victoria's potential new senators, the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party's Ricky Muir, summed up the reaction of some in the political class to the election of a new crop of ordinary Australians from minor parties…
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  • Collapse in youth participation rate 30 August 2013
    Australian Bureau of Statistics bragging A review of the Minister's claim by the website Politifact Not Looking for Work Andrew Baker is a Research Fellow at The Centre for Independent Studies.
    Australian Bureau of Statistics bragging A review of the Minister's claim by the website Politifact Not Looking for Work Andrew Baker is a Research Fellow at The Centre for Independent Studies.
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  • Not looking for work 02 August 2013
    At present there are around 760,000 people on unemployment benefits like Newstart Allowance (NSA) and Youth Allowance (other); but only 400,000 are classified as 'jobseekers', which means they have to look for work as a condition of receiving benefits. Jobs…
    At present there are around 760,000 people on unemployment benefits like Newstart Allowance (NSA) and Youth Allowance (other); but only 400,000 are classified as 'jobseekers', which means they have to look for work as a condition of receiving benefits. Jobs…
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  • Fiddling with criteria to hide unemployed 31 July 2013 | The Australian
    During recessions and financial crises, governments have a habit of manipulating unemployment figures to make the unemployment rate appear to be lower than it really is. The manipulation typically involves pushing long-term unemployed people with a minor impairment on to…
    During recessions and financial crises, governments have a habit of manipulating unemployment figures to make the unemployment rate appear to be lower than it really is. The manipulation typically involves pushing long-term unemployed people with a minor impairment on to…
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Publications

  • Tax Welfare Churn and the Australian Welfare State 27 March 2013 | T30.02
    In 2010–11, Australia’s welfare state, which includes health, education, and welfare accounted for approximately $316 billion in government expenditure. Approximately half of this expenditure, or $158 billion, can be attributed to tax-welfare churning. Tax welfare churning is the process of levying taxes on people and then returning those taxes to…...
    In 2010–11, Australia’s welfare state, which includes health, education, and welfare accounted for approximately $316 billion in government expenditure. Approximately half of this expenditure, or $158 billion, can be attributed to tax-welfare churning. Tax welfare churning is the process of levying taxes on people and then returning those taxes to…
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  • Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee into the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012 25 January 2013
    Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee into the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012
    Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee into the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012
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  • The New Leviathan: A National Disability Insurance Scheme 15 November 2012 | PM131
    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been touted as the biggest and most expensive social reform since Medicare. The Productivity Commission initially estimated that the NDIS would provide disability care and support services to 411,000 people at a cost of $13.5 billion (gross) every year. However, subsequent estimates have…...
    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been touted as the biggest and most expensive social reform since Medicare. The Productivity Commission initially estimated that the NDIS would provide disability care and support services to 411,000 people at a cost of $13.5 billion (gross) every year. However, subsequent estimates have…
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  • Submission to the COAG Select Council on Disability Reform on NDIS ‘eligibility and reasonable and necessary support’ criteria 10 September 2012
    Submission to the COAG Select Council on Disability Reform on NDIS ‘eligibility and reasonable and necessary support’ criteria.
    Submission to the COAG Select Council on Disability Reform on NDIS ‘eligibility and reasonable and necessary support’ criteria.
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  • Submission to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee 10 September 2012
    Submission to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee
    Submission to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee
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