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How philosophy 101 could help break the deadlock over drug testing job seekers

Contributor, Friday, 13th September 2019 -  Proposals to drug test welfare recipients may be here to stay unless there is a shift in the moral frames, writes Professor Alison Ritter, in this article first published in The Conversation.

Government urged to reject expansion of cashless welfare card

Luke Michael, Monday, 9th September 2019 -  Parliament is being urged to reject any push to expand the cashless welfare card, following reports the prime minister is eyeing a national roll out of the program.

Vinnies backflip on Newstart compromise

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 20th August 2019 -  The St Vincent de Paul Society has backtracked on comments suggesting Newstart should only be raised for those over 55, with the charity pledging its support for a $75 increase for all recipients.

Morrison government’s welfare fraud lab comes under fire

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 7th August 2019 -  The launch of a new digital forensics lab to detect welfare fraud has been slammed by anti-poverty advocates, who say the lab will only serve to unfairly paint welfare recipients as “dole cheats”.

Government shakes up process to get off the cashless welfare card

Luke Michael, Thursday, 1st August 2019 -  The Morrison government is streamlining the exit process for people on the cashless welfare card, but critics say the new criteria are still “patronising and onerous”.

Pressure to boost Newstart grows with launch of Senate inquiry

Luke Michael, Thursday, 25th July 2019 -  The Senate will hold an inquiry into Newstart amid growing calls within Parliament for the payment to be increased. 

Coalition faces internal pressure to raise Newstart

Luke Michael, Monday, 22nd July 2019 -  Liberal Senator Dean Smith has joined a growing chorus of Coalition figures calling for Newstart to be raised, amid another push from the Greens to increase the payment.  

Stories behind the payments: Week of action hopes to raise the rate

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 16th July 2019 -  Bev’s life goal is to complete her bachelor’s degree in social sciences and psychology. But as a single mother surviving on Newstart payments, that dream often feels very far away. 

Welfare automation prioritises ‘efficiency over human rights’

Luke Michael, Monday, 17th June 2019 -  The automation of welfare services in Australia risks pushing vulnerable families deeper into poverty, the United Nations has heard.  
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