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Hugh Bedford, an anti poverty activist from the Anti-Poverty Network SA, prepares to hand out flyers in the centre of Salisbury. (Image: AAP/Tracey Nearmy)

This year, job seekers and social security recipients have endured an interminable series of nightmares needlessly and heartlessly inflicted upon us by our government.

Although Australia wields the toughest compliance system in the developed world, the Coalition inflicted even more punishments and demands on unemployed workers -- who now receive the second-lowest level of income support in the entire OECD.

This year, our new prime minister has displayed contempt for social security recipients. In the lead-up to Anti-Poverty Week, Scott Morrison revealed plans to force job seekers out of their homes and communities to perform farm labour -- in order to "justify" their receipt of entitlements.