Topic archives: Newstart

The one major point of difference between the Liberals and the Business Council

May 8, 2018 2

The Business Council of Australia are in accord with the conservatives on many topics -- the recently flurry of cringy interviews with conservative politicians about Newstart reminds us of a major difference. 

Disability support plummets as government turns up heat on the vulnerable

November 7, 2017 18

Disabled Australians are being turned away from the Disability Support Pension and forced onto punitive and untenable unemployment schemes.

Drug-tested welfare recipients will be forced to disclose private health details to a third party

July 21, 2017 8

Documents obtained by Crikey reveal a troubling new twist in the Centrelink drug-testing scandal. Freelance journalist John Power reports.

Drug testing to weed out dole blunters

May 9, 2017 16

A trial program will subject those on the Youth Allowance and Newstart to random drug tests. Those who fail will have their cash taken away.

Centrelink debt collectors target innocent people

December 6, 2016 1

This seems to be a common problem for people who've done contract, casual or intermittent work in years they have received Newstart or Youth Allowance.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

December 6, 2016 2

We're gonna rise up ... Centrelink bungles ... Karp! Karp! Karp! ...

Is Australia too nice to the unemployed?

October 28, 2016 3

The Unemployment Benefit (UB) was introduced in Australia in 1945. What's improved since then? Crikey intern Rachel Robertson asks the question.

Bludgeoning the bludgers

February 23, 2016 1

The Daily Telegraph’s hate affair with dole bludgers continues today with an article entitled “Turn back the bludgers”: “Dole recipients are ripping off millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money by exploiting a loophole that allows them to knock back jobs without losing welfare payments”. According to the article, “the bludgers are rejecting jobs because ‘shifts fall […]

Silver-tongued Malcolm’s govt is complicit in violence against women

Silver-tongued Malcolm’s govt is complicit in violence against women

September 30, 2015 15

The focus on Turnbull’s call for a cultural shift has left unexamined the ways in which government policy is complicit in violence against women and children.

Essential: voters down on privatisation and the unemployed

Essential: voters down on privatisation and the unemployed

January 28, 2014 3

Voters remain deeply opposed to any privatisation, even of things they've never heard of, this week's Essential Report shows. And the view that the Newstart payment is too low isn't widely shared by voters.

Too little too late on Newstart, Bill and Albo — you had the evidence to act

Too little too late on Newstart, Bill and Albo — you had the evidence to act

September 23, 2013 12

Labor leadership contenders Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese had the evidence proving their cuts to Newstart were unfair. Their support for increasing parental support now is cold comfort.

Welfare and families: has Labor screwed over the poor?

Welfare and families: has Labor screwed over the poor?

May 15, 2013 6

The baby bonus is gone and the record of this Labor government robbing from the poor is a profoundly disappointing one. There wasn't much for those struggling in the federal budget.

What life is like on Newstart: ‘every day is a worry’

What life is like on Newstart: ‘every day is a worry’

May 7, 2013 22

What's life like living on Newstart unemployment benefits? Crikey talks to a jobseeker, a single mum and a graduate about how they live on just $497 a fortnight.

Tony Abbott’s fashion choices

May 3, 2013 1

Crikey readers talk Newstart, Tony Abbott the walking billboard and The Salvation Army.

The slippery and convenient concept of ‘class warfare’

The slippery and convenient concept of ‘class warfare’

April 16, 2013 81

"Class warfare" is a confected term sprayed about across the nation's newspapers of late to shut down policy debate. But funny how it only applies to the rich ...

Polling numbers on Newstart don’t tell the whole story

January 22, 2013 2

Crikey readers have their say.

Essential: hard-hearted public not convinced on dole boost

Essential: hard-hearted public not convinced on dole boost

January 21, 2013 18

Most voters don't share the view that Newstart benefits are too low and recipients are victims of circumstance, today's Essential Report finds. Plus: who we trust the least (and it's not journalists).

Dole around the world: how does Australia stack up?

Dole around the world: how does Australia stack up?

January 16, 2013 269

With the latest unemployment rate due to be announced tomorrow, a quick look around the world shows that Australia is not a terrible place to be unemployed, writes freelance journalist Sally Whyte.

How much is enough might not be enough for someone

January 7, 2013 1

Crikey readers have their say.

Swan’s spending list: was there anything new in the budget?

May 8, 2012

Wayne Swan’s no frills home brand budget still manages to cram in a smattering of new spending initiatives, but just three that differed in any way from what had previously been leaked.