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What is The Greens’ vision for the social sector?

Luke Michael, Monday, 15th April 2019 -  Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says protecting charitable advocacy and ensuring community organisations are properly funded will be her party’s major priorities in Australia

Political parties under pressure to dismantle ParentsNext

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 2nd April 2019 -  Community groups are demanding the government scraps its controversial pre-employment program ParentsNext, after a Senate committee found it was causing anxiety and distress

Labor urged to broaden living wage policy

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 26th March 2019 -  Opposition leader Bill Shorten says an elected Labor government will introduce a living wage so no full-time worker lives in poverty, but community leaders say unemployed workers

Government pledges to extend ‘racist and punitive’ cashless welfare card

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 26th March 2019 -  More than 20,000 Australians will be added onto the controversial cashless welfare card as part of a Morrison government plan that’s been condemned by community groups. Social Services

Report Reveals Children Suffering Under Newstart

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 25th February 2019 -  Children living in jobless households are bearing the brunt of low payment welfare schemes, according to a report which has reignited calls to raise Newstart and family support payments.

Disability Groups Weary as DSP Appeals Skyrocket

Luke Michael, Friday, 22nd February 2019 -  Disability advocates are deeply concerned by an almost 80 per cent increase in Disability Support Pension appeals, warning that vulnerable people are being incorrectly forced

Demands for Jobactive Overhaul

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 19th February 2019 -  The government’s outsourced jobseeker program has been slammed by a Senate committee, which found the scheme did not help people find work and in some cases acted as a barrier to employment.

CDP Fines Causing Stress and Anxiety for Indigenous Job Seekers

Luke Michael, Thursday, 7th February 2019 -  Financial penalties given to participants of the government’s controversial remote work-for-the-dole scheme are causing increased stress, anxiety and mental health problems

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

Opinion

Our Social Policy Reflects Our Attitudes to Women

Rachel Siewert, Wednesday, 30th January 2019 -  Politicians must reflect on the policy decisions they have made that mean single mothers go without food or women are unable to leave a violent home, writes Senator Rachel Siewert,

Community Groups Dismayed at Labor’s Failure to Raise Newstart

Luke Michael, Monday, 17th December 2018 -  Labor’s failure to commit to raising Newstart at their national conference has been slammed by anti-poverty advocates, who say welfare recipients will needlessly struggle to survive

Government Extends Controversial Cashless Welfare Card

Luke Michael, Friday, 14th December 2018 -  The federal government is extending the controversial cashless welfare card trial by 12 months and considering a fifth site, despite continuing criticism about the card’s effectiveness.
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