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Fears welfare card holders could be left high and dry in bushfires

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 13th January 2020 -  Welfare groups are calling for the cashless welfare card to be suspended during the bushfires 

The scrapping of the Sickness Allowance is making welfare recipients anxious

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 11th December 2019 -  Welfare groups fear mutual obligation requirements will soon be more onerous for people needing sickness benefits

Australia’s welfare system failing to protect vulnerable people

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 4th December 2019 -  New research says low welfare payments are driving people into poverty and homelessness

Opinion

Robodebt failed its day in court, what now?

Contributor, Monday, 2nd December 2019 -  The Commonwealth has conceded that its program of automatic debt collection was unlawful. It'll probably have to pay the money back, writes Terry Carney from the University of Sydney.

Hot Topic

A sad and sorry history of Newstart

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 19th November 2019 -  Much has been made of the fact federal government unemployment benefits haven’t increased in real terms since 1994. But why has the freeze gone on so long? We look back at the history of Newstart and the long-running battle to raise the rate.

Analysis

Five charts on what a Newstart recipient really looks like

Contributor, Wednesday, 30th October 2019 -  The Senate inquiry into Newstart is underway. It is likely to find that the typical Newstart recipient is neither young nor on it for a short time. Here, Owain Emslie and Danielle Wood share five charts that paint a different picture to the one many

We rise and fall together

Andrew Cairns, Thursday, 17th October 2019 -  Helping vulnerable Australians when times get tough and preventing people falling through the cracks is not just compassionate – it’s wise, writes Community Sector Banking CEO Andrew Cairns.

Entry-level jobs for disadvantaged Aussies continue to shrink

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 16th October 2019 -  Anglicare Australia’s latest report reveals entry-level jobs are tougher to find and more competitive to land  

Social services minister slammed for ‘out-of-touch’ welfare comments

Luke Michael, Friday, 4th October 2019 -  Community groups are demanding Social Services Minister Anne Ruston apologise and retract comments she made suggesting that raising Newstart would give drug dealers and pub owners more money.

Opinion

Drug testing trial obscures real solution to Australia’s drug and alcohol problem

James Toomey, Monday, 30th September 2019 -  The best way to address a social issue is to eradicate the smoke and mirrors by starting with a clarifying question of “what evidence-based problem are we trying to solve?” writes James Toomey, the CEO of Mission Australia.
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