Yesterday shadow treasurer Joe Hockey declared he would implement a "culture of self-reliance" to encourage Australians to get off welfare if the Coalition is elected come September. Just last week a number of prominent Australians -- including World Vision Australia CEO Tim Costello, Julian Burnside QC and social commentator Eva Cox -- called on the government to increase Newstart payments by $50 a week in the May federal budget. So what is life like for those dependent on welfare in Australia? Crikey spoke to a variety of Australians receiving Newstart ...

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