What will happen to the pernicious cashless debit card scheme after the election? Labor has promised to make the scheme voluntary and the Coalition claims not to have a plan to expand it. But can either be trusted? Alex Bainbridge and Vivien Miley report.
Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)
Labor will not commit to raising the JobSeeker payment of $44 a day, backing down on a promise it made in 2019 to review it. Isaac Nellist reports on the response.
The failure of governments to plan for the COVID-19 Omicron variant and their “let-it-rip” approach has left vulnerable people with less support than ever. Zoe O'Dea reports.
In response to the plan to rapidly phase out the disaster payment, the Australian Council of Social Service said the JobSeeker rate needs to be lifted to $80 a day. Arie Huybregts reports.
The federal goverrment's Disaster Payment, now revised, is still not enough for many. Isaac Nellist reports on this and the campaign to raise JobSeeker.
After a lifetime of raising children and contributing to the country’s wealth, women are being hung out to dry by state and federal governments, writes Suzanne James.
While the vaccination roll-out limps along, Jobseeker and social security support is being reduced just when it is needed the most. Suzanne James reports.
Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is very upbeat about the economy, despite an official unemployment rate of 6.6% and a growing wealth divide. Peter Boyle investigates.
About 330,000 people will be pushed into poverty when the coronavirus supplement is cut again on January 1, writes Peter Boyle.
Jim McIlroy writes the federal government is moving to extend the stigmatising cashless debit card, handing responsibility for vulnerable sectors to a private company.
The tide appears to be turning against the federal government’s punitive robodebt scheme, reports Kerry Smith.
It is fast becoming a recognised fact — almost a truism — that the Newstart Allowance is too low. For unemployed people trying to get by on about $300 a week ($277 without rent assistance, $227 for those under 21), this is not news.
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