Daily News - Tuesday 14 January 2014

Posted 14 January 2014 8:50am

'Super agency' for social services as Coalition eyes merger

Rick Morton, The Australian

A SUPER-DEPARTMENT employing one-quarter of the commonwealth bureaucracy and leading social policy from conception to service delivery would be created under plans being considered by the Coalition.

High court challenge could enable asylum seekers to stay in Australia

Lenore Taylor, The Guardian

More than 33,000 asylum seekers already in Australia could be able to apply for permanent visas if a new high court challenge succeeds – thwarting ongoing attempts by the Abbott government to ensure no boat arrivals can stay permanently.

Top ten social policy research publications 2013

Australian Policy Online

The ten most popular research publications from Policy Online's Social Policy section published in 2013, based on the number of page visits on google analytics.

Thousands ineligible for disability support pensions not yet found

Patrick Lion, The Herald Sun

THOUSANDS of people on the disability support pension could be wrongly pocketing hundreds of millions of dollars each year after the failure of reforms to tighten eligibility rules two years ago.

Minimum wage fear and loathing not based on evidence

Greg Jericho, the Guardian

In the first half of every year the Fair Work Commission (formerly Fair Work Australia) takes submissions on the annual wage review which sets the minimum wage

Post offices are the lifeblood of rural Australia

Diana Elliot, The Drum

Post offices fulfil a social service as well as a commercial one, particularly in rural and regional areas. That isn't a role that should be shunted off to the private sector, writes Diana Elliott.

Business group calls for immigration increase to 220,000

Peter Ryan, ABC

A business lobby group is urging the Federal Government to boost Australia's immigration intake by more than 15 per cent next year.

Abbott government planning 'repeal day' to cut 8000 laws

AAP, The Herald Sun

The Abbott government is planning a "repeal day'' in parliament in March when it hopes to axe more than 8000 federal laws in a push to cut red tape costs.

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