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Basic income: An idea whose time has come

Kasy Chambers, Monday, 6th September 2021 -  Our experience during the pandemic showed how a secure income can change lives for the better. So why shouldn’t Australia have a permanent basic income, asks Kasy Chambers, Anglicare Australia executive director. 

Australians back the case for guaranteed basic income

Nikki Stefanoff, Monday, 9th August 2021 -  “Income security is a basic human need, and basic income is a means to meet that need.”

Many Aussies struggling to survive on insecure income

Luke Michael, Monday, 26th July 2021 -  Welfare groups believe things will only get worse amid ongoing lockdowns 

Opinion

The problem with employment services: providers profit more than job seekers

Contributor, Wednesday, 21st July 2021 -  The current system is premised on competition, not collaboration, and does not provide the support both job seekers and employers need, writes Martin Loosemore.

Opinion

Resisting robo-governance

Dhakshayini Sooriyakumaran, Thursday, 8th July 2021 -  Dhakshayini Sooriyakumaran raises a red flag on the issue of robodebt and how the government is expanding similar AI experimentation across the social welfare sector.

Opinion

The Australian government must uphold its responsibility to unemployed care leavers

Deb Tsorbaris, Monday, 28th June 2021 -  With care leavers in young adulthood three times as likely as their peers to receive income support, it’s time for the government to increase payment rates above the poverty line so that this crucial support creates opportunities instead of barrier

Australia’s welfare system locks single parent families into poverty

Luke Michael, Monday, 26th April 2021 -  “Being a single parent in Australia today really does create a risk of consigning you to a life of poverty”    

Opinion

Three ingredients for effective income support reform

Sophie Johnston, Monday, 12th April 2021 -  Australia urgently needs an overhaul of our income support system, writes Sophie Johnston, who sets out the three elements she believes are essential for a new model.

Opinion

‘We are so much better than this’

Cassandra Goldie, Monday, 22nd March 2021 -  The passing of the paltry JobSeeker rate through Parliament last week was Australia’s greatest fairness failure yet, writes ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie.

Youth matters

Why we need to raise the rate

Cassandra Prigg, Thursday, 4th March 2021 -  An increase in JobSeeker to $80 a day would change a young person’s life and their future – the problem is that politicians lack the willpower to make this happen, writes Cassandra Prigg.
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