Peter Whiteford

Peter Whiteford

Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

Professor Peter Whiteford of the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University previously worked at the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. He has had extensive professional experience in the field of social security policy and research, in a range of different national contexts and at the international level. He worked as a Adviser in the Office of the Minister for Social Security in 1995-96 and previously as a Consultant to the Social Security Review and in Government Departments in Australia, as well as in University research centres in the United Kingdom and in Australia, and for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris between 2000 and 2008.

In July 2008, he was appointed by the Australian government to the Reference Group for the Review of the Australian pension system, and in 2009 he was an invited keynote speaker for the Australian Treasury Conference on reform of the Australian tax system.

Income inequality ticks down as the rich see their incomes fall: ABS

Sep 13, 2017 02:28 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Income inequality has dropped slightly in Australia, largely driven by a fall in incomes for the richest 20% of the population, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Survey of Household Income and...

Is Australia on track to have the oldest pension age in the developed world?

Feb 15, 2017 07:11 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Malcolm Turnbull is … increasing the pension age to 70 meaning that Australia will have oldest pension age in the developed world. Jenny Macklin, shadow minister for families and social services, press release,...

Do 8 men really control the same wealth as the poorest half of the global population?

Jan 18, 2017 05:57 am UTC| Life Economy

A new Oxfam Report has a number of startling claims about wealth inequality around the world the worlds eight richest people control the same wealth as the poorest half of the globes population, Australias two richest...

The $4.8 trillion dollar question: will an 'investment approach' to welfare help the most disadvantaged?

Sep 20, 2016 11:25 am UTC| Insights & Views Law

Social Services Minister Christian Porter on Tuesday released a report on the lifetime costs of the social security system for the Australian population, putting it at close to A$4.8 trillion. The report was an...

Labor searches for savings amid family benefits reform

Jun 10, 2016 08:16 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Labor is trying to find savings by targeting the family tax benefit as part of its plan for budget repair. Even though its measures dont go as far as the Coalitions, outlined in the budget, its cuts will hurt families with...



RBA likely to adopt tightening policy by 50 bps in 2018, says ANZ Research

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is expected to adopt a tightening monetary policy in 2018 is boosted by the hawkish shift in the RBAs language. This would reverse the rate cuts of 2016 and take the real cash back to...

New Zealand bonds slump at close after GDT price auction cheers markets

The New Zealand bonds slumped at the time of closing Wednesday after dairy prices rose at the overnight GlobalDairyTrade Price auction, reporting its second consecutive increase. Also, the countrys current account deficit...

New Zealand current account deficit narrows slightly higher than expectations in Q2

New Zealands current account deficit narrowed slightly more than expected in Q2; helped by historical revisions, the annual deficit fell to 2.8 percent of GDP. The seasonally adjusted current account deficit also...

JGBs tad lower post better-than-expected August trade balance data; eyes on BoJ’s policy decision

The Japanese government bonds trade slightly on the downside Wednesday after the countrys trade balance data for the month of August showed exports and imports surging in August, with both beating expectations as a...

Australian bonds plunge on growing investor confidence in the country’s economic outlook; RBA Lowe’s speech in focus

The Australian bonds plunged Wednesday as growing investor confidence in the Australian economic outlook has pushed rates on government bonds up to their highest level in six months. Also, investors will now be looking...


Undocumented youth divided over how to fight back against Trump immigration clampdown

Young immigrants from across the US participated in the first act of civil disobedience by undocumented youth under the Trump administration on July 26 in Texas. After protesters sat in the street outside the state capitol...

India at 70: after the celebrations, single-party dominance menaces democracy

Seventy years ago, Jawaharlal Nehrus famous Tryst with Destiny speech not only marked Indias independence from British rule but also expressed the vision for a united, democratic, egalitarian and modern country. Not...

Can corporate America afford to walk away from President Trump?

After campaigning as the candidate best able to work with business, President Donald Trump has shown he is anything but. A stream of resignations from high-level business counsels hit a crescendo recently when Trump was...

Little prospect of regime change in Russia short of a popular uprising – and that's unlikely

Vladimir Putins power in Russia can often look unassailable. However much Western media might champion potential opponents, the president maintains a tight grip, and its easy to see why. Any successor to Putin who was not...

Warning signs of mass violence – in the US?

There are those who say that comparing President Donald Trumps rhetoric to that of Adolf Hitler is alarmist, unfair and counterproductive. And yet, there has been no dearth of such comparisons since the 2016...


Scientists Create Robots The Size Of DNA Strands That Can Rearrange Molecules

Robots are great for a lot of things and can perform functions that humans would either have a hard time accomplishing or simply would not be able to do. Among the latter case is rearranging the molecules of a living...

China Signs Deal With Israel Over Lab-Grown Meat, Food For The Future

With the world facing the global crisis known as climate change, most countries are doing whatever they can to reduce carbon emissions. However, one of the biggest contributing factors to greenhouse gasses that is rarely...

Denmark Finally Sells Last Oil Company For $7.45 Billion

As a country committed to fighting climate change and reducing its carbon footprint, Denmark is finally selling off the last remaining oil company in the country. The oil firms were owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S and the...

Trump’s Pick For NASA Head Is Not A Scientist And A Prominent Climate Change Denier

The Trump administration has proven to be incompetent in filling crucial roles with qualified people, evidenced by an anti-EPA EPA head and an anti-DOE head of DOE. Now, the president has nominated a non-scientist who is...

Scientists Can Now Bioengineer Lungs, Reducing Potential Deaths Due To Organ Shortage

At this point, its no secret that being placed on the organ transplant list is no guarantee of survival if patients are in need of a new heart, or liver, or lung. One of the ways that this problem can be solved is by...


Apple Watch Has Buggy LTE Connection, Embarrassing Failure

During the recently concluded Apple event where the Cupertino firm unveiled numerous new devices and features, the company touted the special properties of its latest Apple Watch. During the event, Apple repeatedly claimed...

Someone Bought A House In Texas Using Bitcoin

As a major proof that cryptocurrency is catching on and affecting real-world commerce, someone in Austin, Texas just bought a house using Bitcoin. The transaction details are still scarce, but according to the real-estate...

Scientists Create 3D-Printed Synthetic Muscle For Robots

While tech giants like Elon Musk are warning the world against a potential AI apocalypse once machines become more intelligent, some are more concerned about giving robots more tools to become stronger. One group of...

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Criticized By Google Executive Over AI Fears

At this point, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has become the poster boy of cautious artificial intelligence development within the tech community. This has made him a target of those invested in the rapid development of AI such as...

Steam Addresses Review Bombing Issue, Adds Histogram

Theres no doubt that Valves digital distribution platform Steam has a review bombing problem. This is basically where gamers who have a problem with a video game publisher or studio that has nothing to do with the games...
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