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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...

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Economy

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Politics

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Nancy Pelosi blasts Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in upcoming book

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Science

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Artemis: how ever changing US space policy may push back the next Moon landing

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As the Perseverance rover lands on Mars, there's a lot we already know about Mars from meteorites found on Earth

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Transparent wood is coming, and it could make an energy-efficient alternative to glass

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‘The Last of Us’ remake is reportedly in development for PS5

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Apple seeds iOS 14.5 beta 8 for public testers

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‘Cyberpunk 2077’ dev promises more bug fixes to continue selling the game for ‘years to come’

CD Projekt Red has already delivered the promised major patches for Cyberpunk 2077, but many still feel that the RPG has more room to improve. On the bright side, the studio has expressed its commitment to continuously...
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