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Government urged to reject expansion of cashless welfare card

Luke Michael, Monday, 9th September 2019 -  Parliament is being urged to reject any push to expand the cashless welfare card, following reports the prime minister is eyeing a national roll out of the program. Scott Morrison

Government shakes up process to get off the cashless welfare card

Luke Michael, Thursday, 1st August 2019 -  The Morrison government is streamlining the exit process for people on the cashless welfare card, but critics say the new criteria are still “patronising and onerous”. Under legislation

Minister for the NDIS included in Morrison’s new-look cabinet

Luke Michael, Monday, 27th May 2019 -  Prime Minister Scott Morrison has appointed the first ever dedicated minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, as part of a major cabinet reshuffle in wake of the federal

NZ government under fire for ‘underwhelming’ response to welfare report

Luke Michael, Friday, 17th May 2019 -  The New Zealand government’s response to a welfare review has been slammed by community groups, who say the call to transform a broken system has been left unanswered. The Ardern coalition

Coalition promises to support charities and the NDIS… but won’t budge on Newstart

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 30th April 2019 -  The Coalition government says it strongly supports the charity sector and has promised the National Disability Insurance Scheme will always be fully funded, as it seeks re-election

Budget

Back in black… but a missed opportunity?

Wendy Williams, Wednesday, 3rd April 2019 -  The budget is back in black, according to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg who delivered his first budget on Tuesday. But the social sector has lashed out that it was a lost opportunity to

Budget

What the social economy wants from the federal budget

Wendy Williams, Tuesday, 2nd April 2019 -  The expected theme behind Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s first budget, to be handed down on Tuesday, is a stronger economy and a secure future. But what does that mean for the social sector?

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

Opinion

Four Reasons Why Digital Transformation Matters for the Community Services Sector

Greg Ogle, Thursday, 21st February 2019 -  Technology is not inherently good or evil, but the outcomes may be, writes Dr Greg Ogle, in this article which calls on the not-for-profit sector to get in front of the issues. There

ACOSS Calls for $2 Billion Budget Boost for Community Services

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 19th February 2019 -  Australia’s community services sector needs a $2 billion a year federal funding injection to reverse major budget cuts to programs that vulnerable people rely on, the nation’s peak

Hot Topic

Punitive Welfare Conditions Don’t Address Drug Addiction, Unemployment or Service Needs

Contributor, Wednesday, 6th February 2019 -  The most appropriate method to tackle the social harms related to substance use is to invest in targeted, accessible, well-resourced and stigma-free counselling and rehabilitation
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