History repeats, and why politics matters

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. One of the more famous Karl Marx quotes. I was reminded of it by an email from a friend; a fellow graduate student and researcher for a major media company. She is currently doing some work, reading up on the old debates around medicare co-payments (requiring people visiting …

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New Coalition attack ad in Victoria

There's a new Victorian Coalition attack ad doing the rounds online (well, it was new a few weeks ago when I first planned this post). The production values are amazing. Very good for a State campaign nearly 10 months from the due date of the next election. I'm not sure how effective it would be, though. …

Maps

A break from our regular programming. I love maps. They are a great way to communicate research results of a spatial/geographical nature. One of the best examples of this I've seen of this is the Equal Opportunity Project. Run out of Harvard University, this project looks at inter-generational income mobility, both over time and across …

Cracking down on welfare?

Why a 'takers versus makers' approach isn't entirely helpful. Last week, federal social services minister Kevin Andrews announced he would review commonwealth government welfare payments (see the Fairfax article here and the Daily Telegraph article here). The stated reason for the review is the belief that too many people rely on public benefits for income. The focus, it appears, …