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Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Women Charged After 'Assuming 25 Identities To Claim $27K In Covid, Bushfire Welfare'

2 min read

Two women could face 10 years in jail over the alleged fraudulent claiming of bushfire and coronavirus welfare assistance.

Exclusive

Exclusive

'It's Cruel': Woman Says Reducing JobSeeker Means She'll Go Back To Eating One Meal A Day

10 min read

Before the JobSeeker Payment was boosted by $550 a fortnight, Melissa Fisher was surviving on just one meal a day and often going without her medication so she could afford to pay the bills.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Labor Says JobSeeker And JobKeeper May Need To Be Extended

3 min read

Federal Labor is questioning Prime Minister Scott Morrison's belief the Australian economy will "snap back" once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and measures like JobSeeker and JobKeeper can be abruptly cut.

National

National

Only Nine Rental Houses Across Australia Affordable For Original JobSeeker Recipients

3 min read

Only nine houses across Australia would be affordable for JobSeeker recipients under its original rate, a dire report into the payment has found.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Aussies Upset By Centrelink Coronavirus Pay Confusion

4 min read

It may be weeks before some Australians get their coronavirus supplement pay from Centrelink, leaving many confused and upset after the money didn't arrive as expected on Monday.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Disability Pensioners 'Skipping Meals' Over 'Inadequate' Coronavirus Help

5 min read

People with a disability claim they have been "shafted" in the government's coronavirus response, with disability pensioners and their carers missing out on income supplements given to many other welfare recipients.

National

National

$750 To Appear In Millions Of Aussie Bank Accounts From Tomorrow

1 min read

Millions of Australians will see an additional $750 appear in their bank accounts from tomorrow as the government starts rolling out its coronavirus stimulus package which includes an Economic Support Payment.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

With Millions Facing Unemployment, Are You Eligible For Centrelink?

3 min read

Close to two million Australians will suddenly become unemployed during the coronavirus pandemic, with many navigating the welfare system for the first time. But are you eligible for Centrelink?

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Huge Centrelink Lines, MyGov Down As More Eligible For Unemployment Payments

5 min read

Long lines are queuing outside Centrelink offices nationwide, with the MyGov website crashing under demand as laid-off workers apply for emergency welfare.

Politics

Politics

You Can Get Centrelink's Sickness Allowance For Coronavirus - But Only For The Next 9 Days

6 min read

In just nine days, Centrelink's sickness allowance payment will stop accepting new applicants, with concerns of "mass confusion" in the welfare system during the coronavirus outbreak.

National

National

The Unfair Reasons Centrelink Clients Are Being Cut Off Welfare Payments

7 min read

Attending doctor's appointments, going to work or being in class are just some of the things Centrelink clients say they are being penalised for.

Kasy Chambers

Kasy Chambers

When Did 'Welfare' Become A Dirty Word?

3 min read

You might have noticed that the word 'welfare' has been turned on its head.

Shane Cubis

Shane Cubis

Protesting Is A Right That Shouldn’t Be Linked To The Dole

4 min read

The battle between politicians and people who collect a Centrelink payment has been heating up for a few years now.

Politics

Politics

People With Robodebts Celebrate Legal Challenge To 'Sh*t' Welfare System

5 min read

After having his tax return "taken" to pay a robodebt he never knew he had, Morris is happy the Centrelink system is being taken to court in a class action lawsuit.

Nicole Lee

Nicole Lee

Why Drug Testing People On Welfare Won't Work

5 min read

The Morrison government is having another shot at getting its proposal to drug test people on welfare through the Senate.

Ben Pobjie

Ben Pobjie

Why Stop At Politicians? Let's Drug Test All These Professions Too

5 min read

It’s always refreshing to see the authorities embracing fresh new ideas to make all our lives better.

Jane Caro

Jane Caro

Sorry, ScoMo, But Cashless Welfare Cards Are A Slap In The Face

6 min read

When I first heard about the Federal government's plans to roll out the cashless welfare card, my blood ran cold.

Ben Pobjie

Ben Pobjie

If Dole Bludgers Die, They Should Have Gotten A Job, Right?

6 min read

There aren’t many groups in society with less political clout than the unemployed.

National

National

'Disaster': Desperate Family Faces Eviction After MyGov System Crash

2 min read

A Queensland family could soon be evicted from their rental home after the MyGov outage delayed the processing of their much-needed tax return.

Politics

Politics

Bill Shorten Just Gave Strongest Indication Yet He Will Increase Centrelink Payments

2 min read

The Newstart payment is "too low", Labor leader Bill Shorten has admitted, signalling that a government he leads will boost the below-poverty allowance after May 18.

Budget 2019

Budget 2019

Scott Morrison Has Already Backflipped On A Major Budget Promise After Just 12 Hours

2 min read

A key plank of the federal Budget has lasted just 12 hours before a major facelift, with the government caving in to extend a one-off energy payment to people on the Newstart welfare payment.

National

National

Calls To Suspend 'Crude' Centrelink Robo-Debt In Landmark Court Challenge

3 min read

A Centrelink client is taking the government to court over the controversial 'robo-debt' system, with the government facing calls to suspend the framework during the process.

Politics

Politics

"Serious Failure": Ombudsman To Investigate Robo-debt Scandal

3 min read

"The robo-debt program is deeply flawed and must be shut down and replaced," MP Andrew Wilkie said.

Politics

Politics

People On Centrelink Can Afford Literally Zero Percent Of Rental Properties In Australia

5 min read

'This is now our most critical social infrastructure crisis.'

Politics

Politics

Newstart Recipients On Just $17 A Day After Housing Costs, Salvos Say

4 min read

Salvation Army warns of "devastating hardship" faced by many on welfare payments.