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Abolishing the Cashless Debit Card is a good first step

David Tennant, Monday, 11th July 2022 -  The move provides an important opportunity to consider a bigger question – how did Australia’s social services legislation become a vehicle for punishing benefit recipients, writes David Tennant.


National day of action to raise the rate

Cassandra Goldie, Tuesday, 26th April 2022 -  The 2022 federal election is a watershed poll that affords the next government the chance to propel real social change – if they’ll take the opportunity, writes Dr Cassandra Goldie.

Could you live on $46 a day?

Wendy Williams, Wednesday, 13th April 2022 -  That is the question ACOSS is asking all political leaders and candidates, after Labor confirmed it does not have plans to raise JobSeeker.


Welfare sector slams band-aid budget

Jonathan Alley, Wednesday, 30th March 2022 -  Welfare advocates say Tuesday’s budget falls far short of real solutions


Now is not the time to resume the old ‘normal’ service – we need a new approach and fast

Cassandra Goldie, Tuesday, 8th February 2022 -  Reports that Treasurer Josh Frydenberg considers the economic situation in Australia is anywhere near “normal” and that we can leave the next stage of Australia’s future to the private sector are deeply concerning, writes ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra


We need to invest in Services Australia and its workforce, not privatise it

John Falzon, Monday, 31st January 2022 -  You don’t build a strong economy by running down our social infrastructure, writes Dr John Falzon, who has joined with a number of civil society organisations to issue a Shared Statement for a Better Services Australia.  


Can the Cashless Debit Card evolve from being a blunt compliance tool?

David Tennant, Wednesday, 12th January 2022 -  David Tennant and Gerard Brody take a look at the somewhat murky evolution of the Cashless Debit Card scheme and what the future holds for it. 

Anglicare says Australia’s welfare system must be urgently fixed

Luke Michael, Thursday, 25th November 2021 -  “We need to overhaul the system. People are forced to run a gauntlet of interviews, reporting, and administration that isn’t leading to work” 

The job market is bouncing back, but not for everyone

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 21st October 2021 -  New data finds there are 27 jobseekers across Australia competing for each entry-level job


Now is the time to tackle child poverty as a national priority

Doug Taylor, Wednesday, 20th October 2021 -  We need a comprehensive national framework for reducing child poverty, writes Doug Taylor, who reflects on the impact poverty has on children’s educational outcomes.
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