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Welfare Advocates Push Back Against ‘Divisive’ Migrants Bill

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 12th June 2018 -  An alliance of more than 30 peak bodies and welfare groups have called on the Senate to reject legislation which would force new migrants to wait four years to access various social…

Greens Warn of ‘Agenda’ to Broadly Roll Out Cashless Welfare Card

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 30th May 2018 -  Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has warned that the Turnbull government has a “definite agenda” to roll out the cashless welfare card more broadly, after new legislation was introduced

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

The Welfare Sector is the Biggest Loser

Leon Gettler, Wednesday, 9th May 2018 -  While Scott Morrison’s third budget has focused on low and middle income earners with its tax cuts, it is quite clear that the welfare sector is the big loser. Indeed, ACOSS CEO Cassandra

A Budget of Tax Cuts and Welfare Crackdown

Leon Gettler, Wednesday, 9th May 2018 -  A revenue windfall ahead of the looming general election has seen the government burnish its economic credentials by forecasting a $2.2 billion surplus in fiscal 2020. It will be

Anglicare Finds Chronic Shortage of Affordable Rentals for Welfare Recipients

Luke Michael, Monday, 30th April 2018 -  A new report has revealed a chronic shortage of affordable rentals across Australia, with less than 0.01 per cent of rental properties found to be affordable for a single person on

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

Government Revives Push For Welfare Drug Testing

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 28th February 2018 -  The Turnbull government has revived its push to introduce a controversial drug testing trial for welfare participants, despite continued opposition from Labor, The Greens and

Cashless Debit Card Trial to Be Expanded to New Region

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 14th February 2018 -  The federal government’s controversial cashless debit card will be expanded to welfare participants in Western Australia’s Goldfields region, after legislation passed

Remote Work-for-the-Dole Program Under Review

Luke Michael, Friday, 15th December 2017 -  The federal government’s controversial work-for-the-dole Community Development Program (CDP) is set to come under review, with the launch of a discussion paper on future arrangements

Government Suspends Payments for 1300 Young Job Seekers Not in PaTH Program

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 6th September 2017 -  Young unemployed people have had their welfare benefits suspended, for failing to take part in the federal government’s controversial PaTH internship program. Employment Minister
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