Safety nets and (un)social media
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As a society, what kind of controls do we want in place to tackle hate speech on social media? And what should we be doing to help lift people out of poverty? Those are among the questions tackled on this week’s Democracy Sausage podcast by guest host Andrew Hughes with panel members Craig Emerson, Maiy Azize, and Shirley Leitch.

Andrew Hughes is a lecturer in marketing at the ANU’s Research School of Management, where he teaches marketing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Maiy Azize is an experienced campaigner, communicator, and manager. She is currently Director of Media and Communications at Anglicare Australia. Previously, she was responsible for the ACT Greens’ Federal Election Campaign and Territory Election Campaign.

Craig Emerson is an eminent economist with 35 years of experience in public policy, politics, and public service. Dr Emerson is now Managing Director of Craig Emerson Economics, Director of the Australian APEC Study Centre at RMIT, an Adjunct Professor at Victoria University’s College of Business, and a Distinguished Fellow at ANU. He also writes a fortnightly column for The Australian Financial Review.

Shirley Leitch is a Professorial Fellow at the ANU’s Australian Studies Institute. She has written more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and held more than $5 million in national competitive grants. Shirley has undertaken senior advisory roles for government and industry and contributed to numerous government reviews.

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Mick Tsikas/AAP In his budget reply, Anthony Albanese said women have suffered most during the pandemic, but were reduced to a footnote in the budget. He promised a Labor government would undertake a generous reshaping of the childcare subsidy to enable more women to join the workforce or to work more hours. This week, Michelle Grattan talks to Grattan Institute CEO Danielle Wood who, in writing for the Australian Financial Review, described the budget as “blokey”: “We look at those areas that have received direct support - construction… the energy sector, defence, manufacturing, all of those areas where the government has put direct money into a particular sector - they tend to be male dominated sectors. "And actually often they’re not the ones that have taken the hardest hit in this recession. "The sectors that have been hit really hard: hospitality, tourism, the arts, recreation, administrative services tend to be actually slightly more female dominated… we really don’t see any direct assistance for those sectors in the budget. ” When asked about the budget generally Wood, the president of the Economic Society of Australia, is concerned all the eggs have been put into the “private sector basket”. “If it doesn’t pay off, then we may see unemployment sticking around for a long time to come.” In the Grattan institute’s report, co-authored by Wood, and titled Cheaper Childcare, Wood endorsed reform in a similar vein to Albanese’s proposal. “Our numbers suggest that for every dollar that you spend reforming the subsidy…you return more than two dollars in additional GDP,” she says. “The Labor reforms… you’re probably talking, if its $2 billion a year… something in the vicinity of $5 billion return each year for GDP.” Additional audio A List of Ways to Die, Lee Rosevere, from Free Music Archive. Michelle Grattan does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
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