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Cashless Welfare Card Should be Expanded, Senate Committee Says

Luke Michael, Friday, 17th August 2018 -  The controversial cashless welfare card has had “a positive effect” on existing trial sites and should be expanded, a Senate committee believes, despite continued opposition

Insights From Australia’s Annual Welfare Snapshot

Paul Carter, Wednesday, 4th July 2018 -  An annual snapshot of Australia’s welfare landscape shows its cost to the nation is relatively stable, the number of people on welfare is in decline and while there is an increase…

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
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