Citing budget deficits, Australian Catholic University has announced plans to shut down the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy. But the shortfall isn’t the result of research expenses — it’s the product of bloated spending on consultants and executive salaries.
Danny Wardle is a PhD candidate at the Australian Catholic University and a member of the Victorian Socialists.
The last month has seen nurses, teachers, railworkers, and other public employees in New South Wales strike for above-inflation wages and improved conditions.
Politicians and energy companies say there’s a gas supply crisis, but huge price increases are caused by profiteering private corporations. It’s long past time to renationalize them.
With inflation on the rise, Australian unions are calling for a modest pay increase for minimum-wage workers. The government, backed by bosses and bankers, says such a move will increase inflation, but the truth is they just don’t want to pay.
When welfare and public services are means-tested, it makes them less efficient and less accessible. Worst of all, by limiting access to the “deserving poor,” means tests undermine the idea that social welfare is a right.