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Benefits of footy go beyond physical health: new research — Indigenous adult AFL players are twice as likely to rate their health as excellent — — Socio-economic status not a factor for children playing AFL — — Number of women’s football teams has doubled since AFL Women’s League introduced... Read article 14 September 2017Media Releases Read More
We can use AFL to boost school attendance and improve mental health in Indigenous communities Michael Dockery, Curtin University Indigenous boys living in remote Australian communities have a 20% lower truancy rate if they play AFL. This is one of the findings from our latest study exploring the benefits of Indigenous people’s participation in Australian... Read article 14 September 2017The Conversation Read More
How governments have widened the gap between generations in home ownership Rachel Ong, Curtin University Various government policies have fuelled the demand for housing over time, expanding the wealth of older home owners and pushing it further and further beyond the reach of young would-be home buyers. A new study highlights... Read article 29 August 2017The Conversation Read More
Single parents hit hard by energy costs, a quarter in energy poverty — 7.1% of WA’s total electricity consumption sourced from renewables — — 1 in 4 suitable houses in WA have roof-top solar — — Landlords needs incentives to kick-start next phase of solar revolution — Families who earn the least... Read article 25 August 2017Media Releases Read More
WA bathes in sunshine but the poorest households lack solar panels – that needs to change Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University; Alan Duncan, Curtin University, and Yashar Tarverdi, Curtin University Many Western Australian householders are living in “energy poverty”, according to our new Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre research report, Power to the People: WA’s Energy Future. Although... Read article 25 August 2017The Conversation Read More
Big divide between haves and have-nots in Australian education — Most disadvantaged children half as likely to be attending pre-school — — Indigenous students still under-represented in Australian universities — — School funding well-targeted to need — The most disadvantaged 10 per cent of children in the Australian Capital... Read article 28 June 2017Media Releases Read More
New research shows there is still a long way to go in providing equality in education Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University; Alan Duncan, Curtin University, and Michael Dockery, Curtin University When we think of a “good society” – one that is fair and just – a defining characteristic is likely to be that all people have the... Read article 28 June 2017The Conversation Read More
Australians are working longer so they can pay off their mortgage debt Rachel Ong, Curtin University; Gavin Wood, RMIT University; Kadir Atalay, University of Sydney, and Melek Cigdem-Bayram, RMIT University Rising mortgage debt is affecting everything from employment to spending, as Australians approach retirement, our study finds. Higher levels of housing debt... Read article 27 June 2017The Conversation Read More
Women rely on the family home to support them in old age Rachel Ong, Curtin University and Siobhan Austen, Curtin University Thanks in part to the gender pay gap, the gender wealth gap more than doubled between 2002 and 2014. But our research shows Australian women don’t just trail men in total... Read article 29 May 2017The Conversation Read More
Payment delays impacting on vitality of WA small businesses — Small business second largest contributor to WA economy at $40bn — — Fewer than one in ten small businesses in WA export to international markets — The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s (BCEC) new Small Business Survey 2017 reveals that... Read article 25 May 2017Media Releases Read More
FactCheck: will 700,000 workers be ‘ripped off’ by penalty rate cuts, as Bill Shorten said? Author Joshua Healy, University of Melbourne Reviewer Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to penalty rates will rip off 700,000 workers… – Labor leader Bill Shorten, in a Labor-produced recorded phone call to voters released in March 2017. The... Read article 25 May 2017The Conversation Read More
Get used to your commute: data confirms houses near jobs are too expensive Rachel Ong, Curtin University; Christopher Phelps, Curtin University; Gavin Wood, RMIT University, and Steven Rowley, Curtin University Australia’s capital cities are getting more and more units, that are largely concentrated and come with a hefty price tag, a new report... Read article 18 May 2017The Conversation Read More