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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

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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

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.

Government Backtracks on Cuts to Food Relief Charity

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 12th November 2018 -  The federal government has reversed funding cuts to Australia’s largest food charity, following a severe backlash from the sector and the wider public.     The Minister for

Mental Health of Jobseekers Suffers Under Government Program

Luke Michael, Friday, 2nd November 2018 -  The federal government’s outsourced jobseeker program is a “special kind of hell” for welfare recipients with mental health issues, a Senate inquiry has heard. Jobactive

Government’s Plan to Cut Disability Support Pension Backfires

Luke Michael, Friday, 26th October 2018 -  The federal government is ditching controversial plans to review the eligibility of 90,000 people on the Disability Support Pension after only a tiny fraction of recipients were

Indigenous Children Left Hungrier Under New CDP Penalties

Luke Michael, Thursday, 27th September 2018 -  Indigenous children would be left hungrier than they already are under tough new penalties proposed as part of reforms to the remote work-for-the-dole program, a Senate inquiry

Research Suggests Significant Benefits to Raising Welfare

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 18th September 2018 -  Raising Newstart and Youth Allowance would create jobs, raise wages and significantly boost regional economies, new research suggests, as the Greens ramp up their efforts to increase

Cashless Welfare Card Expands to Queensland

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 12th September 2018 -  The controversial cashless welfare card trial is expanding to Queensland after government legislation passed the Senate by a single vote. Despite continued opposition from Labor

What Will a Morrison Government Mean for the Charity Sector?

Luke Michael, Friday, 24th August 2018 -  Charities will have to hit the reset button on government relations under new Prime Minister Scott Morrison, sector advocates say, as the fallout from the Liberal Party’s leadership
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