Menu
Scroll to top

Politics

Public housing and private trauma 

Public housing and private trauma 

Maria has been homeless for 14 years, ever since she lost her last WA public housing property due to arrears she has since repaid. Her story is not unique.

Centrelink shakedown: what happens when Centrelink asks to see your transaction history?

Centrelink shakedown: what happens when Centrelink asks to see your transaction history?

A welfare recipient has been asked to provide 10 months of financial transactions. Is it a new front in the welfare war, or another symptom of a broken system?

Denial, anger, bargaining: how the government deals with robo-debt controversy

Denial, anger, bargaining: how the government deals with robo-debt controversy

Careful observers may have noticed a pattern in how the government has handled the endless controversies of its broken robo-debt recovery scheme.

Are more than 90% of Newstart recipients receiving other benefits?

Are more than 90% of Newstart recipients receiving other benefits?

Josh Frydenberg has said '[over 90% of] people who receive Newstart also receive other payments like the parenting payment, or rental assistance'. This claim is not the full story.

Life on Newstart means living your whole life behind the eight-ball

Life on Newstart means living your whole life behind the eight-ball

Being on Newstart doesn't just mean poverty. It can also mean losing the opportunities to ever escape it.

Have social housing levels fallen to historic lows?

Have social housing levels fallen to historic lows?

Chief executive of advocacy group National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski said social housing levels in Australia dropped from a high of 7.1% in 1991 to a low of 4.2%. Is he correct?

For some in Australia, unemployment is worse now than during the Great Depression

For some in Australia, unemployment is worse now than during the Great Depression

Can we really say Australia has "good" unemployment rate when 21% of Indigenous Australians can't find jobs?

How long do people really stay on Newstart?

How long do people really stay on Newstart?

A common excuse for not increasing Newstart is that it is a 'transitional' payment for most recipients. Do those numbers add up?

An incomplete list of tired excuses for not increasing Newstart

An incomplete list of tired excuses for not increasing Newstart

Scott Morrison and the Liberal Party seem hell-bent on keeping Newstart payments at an unlivable standard. But it's not just the Coalition holding payments back.

How many Australians are affected by homelessness?

How many Australians are affected by homelessness?

Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services Luke Howarth has made a number of claims about homelessness in Australia. How do they measure up?