How do 50,000 people simply disappear?

Last week the Salvation Army released its State of the Nation report Moving Targets. The State of the Nation report is released annually and explores social progress in New Zealand across key indicators of our children, crime and punishment, work and incomes, social hazards and housing. As usual this year’s…

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Benefit Fraud?

Yesterday Radio NZ reported that social media sites in Australia are being monitored in order to identify those committing benefit fraud. The article noted that staff had “trawled though Facebook pages, Twitter streams and eBay accounts, discovering more than $2 million in fraud”. A Checkpoint report raised concerns that similar…

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Book Review: Scarcity

Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir There is no shortage of material in the media blaming those in poverty for their situation. The poor are accused of ineffective parenting, inefficient budgeting and poor decision making. Those of us offended by this anti-beneficiary…

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