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I’ve written a new piece for Guardian Australia, in which I draw upon my own experiences to defend the Australian welfare state against its critics.

Part of the theme of the piece is the way that income support payments can help to promote social mobility. Without family payments and Youth Allowance, it would be much harder for kids from working class backgrounds to go to university, and so on.

This is part (but only part) of the reason I get so exasperated by the absurd “aspirationals” language that Mark Latham and others use. Aspirationals are, at least implicitly, contrasted against some other group, who presumably don’t aspire to much at all. Income support recipients can’t be ‘aspirational’, particularly not if they receive Newstart or Youth Allowance (FTB gets a pass). This is self-evidently piffle, and part of the aim of my piece was to show how income support canĀ helpĀ people ‘climb the ladder of opportunity’ or however you wish to phrase it.

Anyway, please read the piece.

I have a new comment piece in Guardian Australia. I argue that the large personal income tax cuts of the mid-2000s were a big factor in creating the structural deficit, and that any attempt to wind back this deficit should start with those tax cuts. At the very least, bracket creep should be allowed to do its thing. Please read it!

I have a new piece at Guardian Australia, responding to Peter Reith’s claim that the rise in unemployment is due to the Fair Work Act.

I’ve written a new piece for Guardian Australia. I argue that if we’re really concerned about “middle-class welfare”, we should look closely at some of the tax concessions and exemptions that favour high-income people. Please read it!