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Time for an Independent Umpire on Income Support

Marcia Balzer, Thursday, 26th April 2018 -  Baptist Care Australia executive director Marcia Balzer makes the case for an independent umpire to set income support payments and stop them being used as a political tool. How much

Welfare Needs a Radical Restructuring

Eva Cox, Tuesday, 5th September 2017 -  Australia needs reforms that address the “inadequacy of victim blaming models” and far fewer secure paid jobs, writes Eva Cox AO. Welfare reform requires radical restructuring

New Budget Standards Show Australia’s Social Safety Net is Inadequate

Wendy Williams, Thursday, 24th August 2017 -  Australian jobseekers relying on unemployment benefits cannot afford a basic standard of living, according to a new report, which is giving rise to calls from the social sector for

Logan Named as Second Trial Site for Drug Testing

Wendy Williams, Wednesday, 23rd August 2017 -  The Queensland region of Logan has been unveiled as the second site for controversial drug testing trials that target welfare recipients. Minister for Social Services Christian

Sector Warns of Big Brother Welfare as Cashless Debit Cards Look to Expand

Rachel McFadden, Friday, 5th May 2017 -  Speculation is mounting that the government could announce an extension of its controversial income support model, known as the cashless debit cards, in its 2017 budget. In a statement,…

Many Australians Don’t Have Access to Critical Social Services

Rachel Siewert, Thursday, 16th June 2016 -    Opinion: The Greens community spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert, told a National Press Club forum this week that it was her job to keep the issues of the Not for Profit sector

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Pensions Haven’t Escaped the Budget Glare

Rachel Siewert, Wednesday, 11th June 2014 -  The Federal Government’s approach and ideology to income support is at odds with the spirit in which the system first began more than a century ago, writes Australian Greens Senator
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