Occasional Papers


Welfare reform beyond decades of dependence, ‘dole bludgers’ and ‘double dipping’
Simon Cowan
31 May 2017 | OP156

Recent attempts to reform welfare have focused on the wrong elements of the system. In some cases, advocating tightening eligibility for unemployment benefits and single mother payments while simultaneously increasing the scope and cost of…

Ending the Violence in Indigenous Communities
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, Marcia Langton, Josephine Cashman
05 December 2016 | OP152

Urgent action is need to address the epidemic of violence in Indigenous communities. Aboriginal women are between 37 and 80 times more likely to experience family violence than non-Indigenous women. For too long, the voices…

The High Court, Democracy and Same Sex Marriage
Barry Maley
19 July 2016 | OP147

The High Court in 2013 overturned the understanding of marriage in the Marriage Act 1961 as an exclusive, voluntary, heterosexual union for life, and that the Constitution therefore allowed the introduction of same sex marriage…

The Power and the Responsibility: Child Protection in the Post-Welfare State Era
Jeremy Sammut
08 September 2010 | OP117

Government-run child protection services in Australia are plagued by systemic problems including a misguided emphasis on family preservation. This paper examines the cultural, political and ideological impediments to change. Recent flawed ‘reform’ programs in NSW…

Rendering Unto Caesar. New Challenges for Church and State
Samuel Gregg
18 May 2004 | OP90

In considering contemporary trends shaping church-state relations, Samuel Gregg suggests that two paradoxical developments are occurring.  First, we no longer live in a society where religious communities can expect a basic sympathy from almost all…