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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.

National

National

Cashless Welfare Cards Slammed As 'Humiliating And Expensive' As Roll-Out Planned

2 min read

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flagged a national roll-out of the cashless debit card but a peak welfare body has described it as "unnecessary, expensive, stigmatising and impractical".

National

National

Plan To Drug Test Welfare Recipients Leaves Many Gobsmacked

4 min read

A revived plan to drug test welfare recipients has been condemned as demeaning, hypocritical, stigmatising, and ultimately ineffective.

Josh Butler

Josh Butler

Why Bashing Welfare Recipients As 'Dole Bludgers' Ignores The Unfair Reality

6 min read

There are up to 17 times as many job seekers as job vacancies in Australia. Even if every person on welfare could work, the positions simply don’t exist.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Instagram Star Found Dead, Stuffed In Suitcase

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Wednesday.

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.

News

News

'Stressful, Heartbreaking' Newstart Payment Needs Raise, Welfare Advocates Plead

5 min read

Local MPs across the country will be bombarded by welfare advocates this week, in a push to increase the miserly Newstart allowance by $75 a week.

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.

Budget 2019

Budget 2019

'A Deep Wound On The Soul': Another Failure To Raise Newstart Slammed

3 min read

The budget has yet again failed to increase the Newstart welfare payment, an omission in a big-spending budget that has been slammed as a “deep wound on the nation’s soul”.

Politics

Politics

Kids In Poverty Are Bullied More And Have Fewer Friends, Report Finds

4 min read

Children living in poverty are more likely to be bullied at school or lack good relationships with friends.

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.

Ben Pobjie

Ben Pobjie

How Lazy Does A Dole Bludger Have To Be For Us To Starve Them?

4 min read

Language is a funny thing, isn’t it?

Politics

Politics

Job Seekers Told To Pick Fruit Or Lose Welfare Payments

2 min read

Scott Morrison has called on Australians on the dole to get to work by helping struggling farmers.

Politics

Politics

Boosting 'Embarassment' Welfare Payments Would Help Economy

3 min read

Newstart payments haven't increased in 24 years.

News

News

Australia's Worst Suburbs For Welfare Cheats Exposed

2 min read

Welfare cheats warned 'we will track you down'.

Politics

Politics

Top Earners Get As Much In Two Weeks As Poorest Do In A Year

4 min read

"It’s a struggle to do even the most basic things"

Politics

Politics

'It's Time' To Raise Newstart, Poverty Group Pleads

3 min read

"Newstart is $40 a day. You can't survive on an income like that"

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.