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Book set in a New Zealand or Australian future society where the rich and poor live separately. Includes a character named Billy, short for Billy Goat

A lot of the information matches with The Sea and Summer, a novel by George Turner, published in 1987 (and released as The Drowning Towers in the USA). The dystopia is set in a near future Melbourne. ...
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Book set in a New Zealand or Australian future society where the rich and poor live separately. Includes a character named Billy, short for Billy Goat

Is this Drowning Towers (1987), alternately titled The Sea and Summer, by George Turner...? According to this review, global warming and rising sea levels have caused economic and ecological disaster....
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Sci-fi short story about a teacher who was being studied to learn how to get robots to replace teachers in classrooms

Nor a Lender Be by James Van Pelt. It was published in 1999 so it's a lot older than 2015, but the story matches your description perfectly. The teacher is William. I don't think we ever learn his ...
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Short story. Madonna is the US president. Has gay and dystopian themes

This most likely was misremembered "Pervert" by Charles Coleman Finlay (FSF March 2004, opening paragraphs and recording: https://escapepod.org/2008/08/08/ep170-pervert ). No Madonna/POTUS ...
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Looking for dystopian short story where a woman discovers she can't leave a mall

It’s a story, Baglady, in AS Byatt’s collection, Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice. According to Shame and the Aging Woman: [A] very different fate awaits the central character in "Baglady&...
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