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Rob Bray

Rob Bray

Rob Bray is a Research Fellow in the College of Arts and Social Sciences at the Australian National University. Prior to his commencement at the university he had long career in the Australian Public Service as a policy analyst and researcher. In 2010 he was awarded the Public Service Medal in recognition of his work on poverty and hardship.

Rob's current research includes the measurement of well-being and the role of the welfare system and its interelationship with participation. Recent publications include the first report of the Evaluation of New Income Management in the Northern Territory, and on the characteristics and outcomes of young carers in Australia.

Gap between rich and poor extends to views on retirement age: poll

Feb 23, 2016 00:36 am UTC| Insights & Views

Only a minority of Australians favour current policy settings to increase the Age Pension age, according to the recently released ANU poll on ageing and money. Across the population only 15% of those polled in October...

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Economy

Target luring workers with free college tuition and books benefit offer

Target, the eighth-largest retailer in the U.S., announced new benefit programs for its workers this week. The company revealed that it will be offering 100% free college tuition to its team members, and books are included...

CVS Health hike wages as its earnings climb

CVS Health will increase its workers wages after seeing growth in its profits. The health care retail company will be raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour starting in July next year. Fox Business reported that while...

SK Innovation to separate its battery and refining business units to become two separate entities

SK Innovation is set to split up its battery and petroleum refining business divisions. It was revealed on Wednesday, Aug. 4, that the South Korean company will be dividing the units and separate them to become two new...

Kroger, Kitchen United setting up ghost kitchens for customers delivery and meal pick-up in groceries

Kroger and Kitchen United announced their partnership to build ghost kitchens in some of the formers grocery outlets. The two joined forces to be able to offer takeout and food delivery from restaurants. According to...

Politics

Capitol riots: AT&T, Mastercard are reportedly still donating to GOP group involved in insurrection

The insurrection at the Capitol that occurred last January 6 led to many big-name corporations speaking out and condemning those who were involved, even ceasing to give political donations. However, a new report reveals...

North Korea: Kim Jong-un reportedly orders execution of military officer over criticism against order

The communist nation of North Korea is known to adhere to a strict order without question or criticism from its own officials. Recently, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered the execution of a military official who...

World War 3: Vladimir Putin opposes recent legislation in Ukraine regarding sovereignty

The situation between Ukraine and Russia has led to escalated tensions as of late, leading many to fear that a world war or widespread military conflict may be started in the region. In another move highlighting the...

Iran bombing of tanker is part of a 'pattern' of aggression, says Israeli official

The recent conflict surrounding Irans bombing of a tanker in the Arabian sea has many nations on alert for the next move coming from Tehran. Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz warns that the bombing is only part of a...

Science

Hyundai Mobis develops brainwave analyzer to prevent drowsy driving

Hyundai Mobis developed a brainwave detection device dubbed M. Brain to alert motor vehicle operators against drowsy driving or sudden health issues. The M.Brain analyzes brainwaves to determine the drivers health...

Osaka University ties up with town of Okoppe to turn cow poop into methanol using LEDs

Researchers from the Osaka University and the town of Okoppe are conducting studies to produce methanol by illuminating biogas from cow manure with LEDs. Experiments were conducted at an agricultural and scientific...

Big bang: how we are trying to 'listen' to it – and the new physics it could unveil

Exactly what happened at the beginning of the universe, 14 billion years ago, is one of the greatest mysteries in physics theres no simple way to probe it. Thats because, in its early stages, the universe was filled with...

S. Korean researchers reveal method of using fat insects in producing eco-friendly biodiesel

South Korean researchers announced a method of producing environment-friendly fuels by utilizing the remains of high-fat black soldier flies. The method uses leftover fat from black soldier flies to produce animal feed,...

Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory debut world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

A consortium that includes Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory has produced the worlds first food-grade PET plastic bottles from enzymatically recycled plastic using Carbios recycling process. The bottles that have been...

Technology

‘Halo Infinite’ is likely getting a second technical preview

The first flight test for Halo Infinite concluded recently, but fans might get another chance at experiencing the game before it releases later this year. Developers have confirmed that at least one more flight is being...

‘New World’ release date is delayed to late September

Amazon Games upcoming MMORPG was well-received during its closed beta that ran for weeks. However, what came after that success was not something fans could have anticipated. For the fourth time, New World has been...

‘Battlefield 2042’ technical playtest kicks off on August 12

The series of technical playtest for Battlefield 2042 will reportedly commence next week, but fans might still have a chance to join. EA has also revealed the minimum and recommended PC system requirements, and, as...

‘Ghost of Tsushima: Legends’ standalone version launches September 3

Video game fans who are not too interested in diving into single-player campaigns will soon have a way to enjoy Sucker Punchs popular action-adventure through the standalone release of Ghost of Tsushima: Legends. It means...
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