Social protection the first priority for economic policy

This post was republished on the Power to Persuade social policy website. With the Australian federal budget due to be delivered in May by the Turnbull government, there is the usual round of pre-budget lobbying in the months leading up to it. I have done many budget submissions in former policy roles in NGOs so…

Le chômage – France’s long, hard road

France is the world’s most popular tourist destination and sees around 83 million foreign tourists a year. From time to time I am one of them as for a couple of weeks over June and July 2015. While the visit consisted of the usual melange of touristy activities, I was struck by the large numbers of…

Secure work part of the equation

The shocking stories and statistics on the levels of violence against women in Australia revealed over recent days has been a wake up call for concerted action at many levels. The Australian situation is consistent with broader international patterns as reported by the United Nations. My research in recent years on women in low paid…

Austerity – the dark underbelly of Europe

With my recent writing around the effects of austerity on women’s employment, I read with great interest Australian writer, Christos Tsiolkas’ article, Greek Tragedy published in the Monthly, August edition.   The article is based on an interview with former Greek finance minister (January – July 2015) Yanis Varoufakis which took place not long after the referendum in…

Austerity? Australia?

The recently published book  Women and Austerity: The Economic Crisis and the Future for Gender Equality edited by sociologists Maria Karamessini and Jill Rubery traces the effects on women of the fiscal policies pursued in the USA, UK and the EU in the wake of the global financial crisis. The book also contains analysis of specific…

The future of work and decent work – where to and how?

Following on from last month’s post, a summary of the conference at the ILO 8-10 July in Geneva – Developing and Implementing Policies for a Better Future at Work is available on line here. All papers from the conference can be downloaded here.  My full paper is here – VSheen_ILO RDW_paper_ July_2015 See last month’s post for summary and…

Recipe for employment growth?

The 2015 Federal Budget has been delivered and a very different kettle of fish from the 2014 Budget. But how well is it tackling the underlying issues facing the economy at this time with higher unemployment now than through the GFC and its aftermath? It looks like the Government is putting a lot of its hopes on small…

Gallipoli, the returned soldier, and the social safety net

The 100th Anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli  recalls my maternal grandfather who was a Gallipoli veteran – and a member of the 9th Light Horse Regiment. He returned to Australia physically in tact but psychologically damaged*. He received a TPI pension in his latter years, paid for the condition, now termed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, that marked…

A jobless recovery?

Australia’s unemployment rate has increased since the global financial crisis while across the OECD it has reduced but remains high. There is wide concern as to how slow the recovery in employment has been, the persistence of long term unemployment and how much  of what employment growth there has been has been is  in poor…