Australia entering 'second convict age' as imprisonment rates soar | Australia news

Australia entering ‘second convict age’ as imprisonment rates soar | Australia news

Indigenous Australians are now more likely to be in prison than African-Americans, according to new research by Labor parliamentarian and economist Andrew Leigh warning that Australia has entered “a second convict age”. Leigh’s new working paper finds that in 2018, around 43,000 Australians were in prison, a rate of 221 for every 100,000 adults – […]

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Labor seeks inquiry into firm’s donations to Liberals despite financial trouble | Australia news

Labor has asked the corporate regulator to investigate a failed Queensland lobbying firm which donated to the Liberals while in financial turmoil. Shac Communications, a Queensland-based lobbying and PR firm, was wound up by the federal court late last year following action by the tax office, which was reportedly owed $129,277. The company’s previous iteration, […]

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Labor says Productivity Commission has overly ‘sunny’ view of inequality | Business

Labor has criticised the Productivity Commission’s recent landmark report on inequality, saying it has taken an overly sunny view of the ability of Australians to move from rags to riches. Andrew Leigh, Labor’s shadow assistant treasurer, says the commission’s failure to delve deeply enough into inequality data means it has produced a report that skates […]

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Labor says women must head economic agencies if tax inequality is to change | Australia news

Australian women would get better policy outcomes if women led economic agencies, and if women’s representation increased in the federal parliament, according to the shadow assistant treasurer, Andrew Leigh. Leigh will use a speech to the Women in Economics Network on Friday to argue part of the reason the gender gap and inequality in the […]

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