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.
November 7, 2017 18
Disabled Australians are being turned away from the Disability Support Pension and forced onto punitive and untenable unemployment schemes.
July 21, 2017 8
Documents obtained by Crikey reveal a troubling new twist in the Centrelink drug-testing scandal. Freelance journalist John Power reports.
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.
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.
December 6, 2016 2
We're gonna rise up ... Centrelink bungles ... Karp! Karp! Karp! ...
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 3, 2013 1
Crikey readers talk Newstart, Tony Abbott the walking billboard and The Salvation Army.
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 ...
January 22, 2013 2
Crikey readers have their say.
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).
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.
January 7, 2013 1
Crikey readers have their say.
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.