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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.

Opinion

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.
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