Youth poverty has worsened during the pandemic. Isaac Nellist and Zoe O'Dea assess how the sudden removal of the federal emergency disaster and welfare supplement payments will impact young people.
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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.
Support for the unemployed and underemployed workers is a critical part of any good health response to the pandemic, writes Isaac Nellist.
Unemployed and welfare groups are calling on the government not to cut income support at the end of March. Peter Boyle reports.
When federal parliament reconvenes on February 5, the Coalition government’s first priority will be to pass two punitive bills which, if made into law, will make life even harder for those trying to get by on income support.
There are about 13 million people in the Australian workforce. According to Roy Morgan Research, in October a total of 2.5 million Australians, or 19% of the workforce, were either unemployed (1,188,000) or under-employed (1,266,000). This is up 256,000 from October 2015.