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Why are Australia’s unemployment payments so inadequate? Experts say they have been deteriorating for decades

Why are Australia’s unemployment payments so inadequate? Experts say they have been deteriorating for decades

The Albanese government’s Economic Inclusion Advisory Committee released its second report recently.  For some reason, it released the report on the Friday between Anzac Day and the weekend, so it didn’t get much media coverage. That was unfortunate, because the committee tackled some important questions. Why are Australia’s unemployment payments so inadequate? And why has the...

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What’s the unemployment rate in your region? This data tells you

What’s the unemployment rate in your region? This data tells you

Do you feel like the unemployment rate doesn’t reflect the reality of where you’re living? Australia’s headline unemployment rate is currently 3.8 per cent, in seasonally adjusted terms. But that’s a national figure, so it masks big differences in labour markets across the country, and within cities themselves. For example, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, where...