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Government temporarily doubles unemployment payments amid COVID-19 outbreak

Luke Michael, Monday, 23rd March 2020 -  The announcement has already caused long lines outside Centrelink and the government’s MyGov website to crash                                                        The Morrison government’s decision to temporarily

Welfare groups wary of Centrelink reporting changes

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 29th January 2020 -  The Morrison government expects to save $2.1 billion from the new measure Anti-poverty advocates fear plans to change Centrelink income reporting for welfare recipients may cause

Fears welfare card holders could be left high and dry in bushfires

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 13th January 2020 -  Welfare groups are calling for the cashless welfare card to be suspended during the bushfires  The frequent power outages across bushfire affected areas have seen residents rushing

Robodebt failed its day in court, what now?

Contributor, Monday, 2nd December 2019 -  The Commonwealth has conceded that its program of automatic debt collection was unlawful. It’ll probably have to pay the money back, writes Terry Carney from the University

Robo-debt Faces Up to Landmark Court Case

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 6th February 2019 -  The social sector has thrown its support behind Victoria Legal Aid’s “landmark” challenge of the controversial automated debt recovery system, known as robo-debt. Victoria Legal

Man Battling Cancer and Centrelink Raises Social Media Storm

Paul Carter, Tuesday, 10th July 2018 -  The ordeal of a father battling bowel cancer and Centrelink at the same time is setting social media ablaze, prompting a crowdfunding appeal and an outpouring of rage on Facebook.

Centrelink Service Automation is Failing, Study Shows

Paul Carter, Monday, 25th June 2018 -  Centrelink’s move to automate some services is failing its clients, and costing more time and money, an Anglicare Australia study shows. Executive director Kasy Chambers said it

Concerns Over Welfare Remain as Govt Abandons Drug Testing Scheme

Wendy Williams, Monday, 4th December 2017 -  The federal government’s move to abandon its controversial drug testing scheme will “stop unnecessary harm being inflicted on thousands of Australians” but the welfare bill could

Government Pushes Welfare Reform Success Amid More Robo-Debt Controversy

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 -  Social Services Minister Christian Porter has detailed the federal government’s efforts to overhaul the welfare system during a speech in Canberra on Wednesday including what

Government Rejects Findings From Centrelink Robo-Debt Inquiry

Luke Michael, Thursday, 12th October 2017 -  The federal government’s response to the Centrelink robo-debt inquiry has come under fire, after the government rejected the recommendations and said many of the statements the

Social Sector Urges Government to Abandon Welfare Changes

Wendy Williams, Monday, 26th June 2017 -  The social sector has called on the government to abandon its proposed welfare changes after legislation to help people “move from welfare into work” was introduced into the House…

Senate Calls for Robo-Debt Program to be Put on Hold

Wendy Williams, Thursday, 22nd June 2017 -  Centrelink’s controversial robo-debt program should be put on hold and drastically overhauled, according to a Senate Committee report. The report by the Community Affairs References…
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