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Greens “Stunt” to Raise Welfare Payments Rejected

Luke Michael, Thursday, 10th May 2018 -  A Greens push to increase Newstart and Youth Allowance by $75 a week has been voted down in the Senate, after Labor and the Coalition voted against the motion described by critics as

Senate Committee Endorses Plans to Drug Test Welfare Recipients

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 8th May 2018 -  A Senate inquiry has endorsed the Turnbull government’s plans to drug test welfare recipients, in the face of sustained criticism from health experts and the community sector.    

Economist Says Strong Budget Position Driven By Disability Cuts

Luke Michael, Friday, 27th April 2018 -  A leading economist believes Australia’s stronger budget position has been built on the back of cuts to welfare payments including the Disability Support Pension, potentially

New Report Renews Calls to Raise Welfare Payments

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 17th April 2018 -  A new study has found the estimated costs of raising children in Australia have risen substantially over the past two decades, leading to renewed calls for an increase in Newstart

Greens Pressure Labor and Crossbench to Reject Foreign Donations Bill

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 11th April 2018 -  The Greens have placed pressure on the opposition and crossbenchers to reject the foreign donations bill outright, despite indications from the Labor Party that they would be open

Sharp Decline in People Accessing Disability Support Pension

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 21st February 2018 -  Tougher compliance measures have led to a sharp decline in people accessing the Disability Support Pension, with the Department of Human Services revealing almost 75 per cent of

People With Severe Mental Illness Struggling With NDIS Transition

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 17th January 2018 -  Concerns have been raised that people with severe mental health issues are “falling through the gaps” of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, as the government has acknowledged

A Fox in Charge of a Hen House

Rachel Siewert, Friday, 22nd December 2017 -  This year has been a tough one for the charities and not-for-profit sector, with the federal government ramping up its attack on advocacy and repositioning the Australian Charities

Charities Express Shock At ‘Bizarre’ Appointment of Gary Johns to Head ACNC

Luke Michael, Thursday, 7th December 2017 -  The social sector is reeling at the “bizarre” appointment of Dr Gary Johns – considered a staunch critic of charities –  as the new commissioner of the Australian Charities

Proposed Foreign Donations Ban Confirms Charities’ ‘Worst Fears’

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 6th December 2017 -  The federal government has finalised its foreign influence and interference legislation, which “confirmed charities’ worst fears” that those receiving overseas funding

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
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