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Analysis

Robodebt was a policy fiasco with a human cost we have yet to fully appreciate

Peter Whiteford, Tuesday, 17th November 2020 -  The Robodebt class action suit has been settled and refunds will now go to some 373,000 people who were victims of the scheme. But as Peter Whiteford explains, this is not the entire story. 

Anti-poverty advocates slam ‘cruel’ welfare cuts

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 10th November 2020 -  Prime Minister Scott Morrison says keeping the current supplement rate would “hold Australia back”   

Government looks to reduce payment suspensions for welfare recipients

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 4th November 2020 -  Advocates say the move will lessen recipient anxiety and could halve the number of suspensions  

COVID-19 creates new barriers for disadvantaged jobseekers

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 14th October 2020 -  New analysis shows there are 106 jobseekers for each entry-level job in Australia                                             

‘It’s a heartless decision’: Morrison government reintroduces welfare mutual obligations

Luke Michael, Monday, 21st September 2020 -  Jobseekers soon face the threat of having their payments suspended 

Close to 150,000 jobs at risk due to welfare cuts

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 15th September 2020 -  Community groups say welfare recipients are facing a deeply uncertain future 

JobSeeker recipients fear push back under poverty line

Maggie Coggan, Friday, 11th September 2020 -  “I was starting to feel hopeful about retraining and finding work but now I’m just stressed thinking I won’t be able to climb out of poverty,” one survey respondent says.  

Opinion

‘Now is not the time to cut the coronavirus supplement’

Conny Lenneberg, Friday, 4th September 2020 -  The $550 coronavirus supplement has transformed lives. As a sector, we must now work harder than ever to ensure the October budget includes enough funding to maintain it for the duration of the economic recession, writes Conny Lenneberg.

ACOSS report uncovers rampant inequality in Australia pre-COVID

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 2nd September 2020 -  Charities say the data highlights the need to improve the nation's welfare safety net

Opinion

‘Reintroducing the liquid asset test is mean spirited and unfair in the midst of a recession’

Rachel Siewert, Wednesday, 29th July 2020 -  If you make people spend all of their hard-earned savings before receiving income support then they are left in a precarious position, argues Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.
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