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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.

Opinion

Towers response shows politicians need to be reacquainted with the humble power of soap

Kate Austin, Wednesday, 15th July 2020 -  The pandemic has been a stark reminder that hygiene products are not “nice-to-haves” but “must haves” – yet soap is rarely included in government aid supplied to Australians living in crisis conditions, writes Kate Austin.

Charity sector calls for JobSeeker to be raised permanently

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 14th July 2020 -  Anti-poverty advocates say that welfare payments must be raised above the poverty line, following new survey findings 

Opinion

Faith without work(ers) is dead

John Falzon, Saturday, 4th July 2020 -  To slash JobSeeker and kick people off JobKeeper is not an act of faith, it is an act of unmitigated viciousness, writes Dr John Falzon, who says it’s time we reaffirm the connection between people and the economy.

Fears Australia faces a Work for the Dole ‘time bomb’

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 23rd June 2020 -  Experts say mutual obligation requirements for welfare recipients must be overhauled  

Opinion

Drawing lines, somewhere

David Crosbie, Thursday, 28th May 2020 -  The work of many in the charities sector is now defined by a seemingly moveable line that excludes people who are vital members of our communities, our economy and our humanity, writes David Crosbie.
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