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Poll Bludger: why the Coalition doesn’t give a toss about its Centrelink debt debacle

Poll Bludger: why the Coalition doesn’t give a toss about its Centrelink debt debacle

The highest concentrations of those on unemployment benefits tend to be in low-income areas of the big cities and remote regions with high indigenous populations. I.e. not seats the Coalition is ever likely to win.

All doled up, nowhere to go: when the cost of living really bites

All doled up, nowhere to go: when the cost of living really bites

Joe Hockey's recent speeches calling for a reduction in future expenditure on welfare was targeted at "expectations" of welfare recipients -- their welfare payments, writes Lionel Elmore.

‘Chaos’ predicted as Centrelink sleeps in an extra half hour

‘Chaos’ predicted as Centrelink sleeps in an extra half hour

About 400 Centrelink customer service centres around the country are bracing for chaos on Monday morning after the national welfare agency unilaterally changed its opening time from 8am to 8.30am without informing clients.

Pensioners, even as Santa, hit in the hip pocket

Pensioners, even as Santa, hit in the hip pocket

Last September the federal government announced changes to social security legislation, which, incredibly, has left many aged pensioners considerably worse off, writes Ava Hubble

The unemployed: inconvenient statistics

The unemployed: inconvenient statistics

Over the last decade or more the federal government has been increasingly mean and penny pinching toward the unemployed, writes Lionel Elmore.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

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How the NT intervention will devastate one East Arnhem community

How the NT intervention will devastate one East Arnhem community

I would guess that there are few people who have even a moderate understanding of the breadth of the impact that the intervention is going to have on the East Arnhem population, writes John Greatorex of the Intervention Reform Coalition of Darwin.

Is nixing CDEP Howard’s assimilation solution?

Is nixing CDEP Howard’s assimilation solution?

Many people have been searching for reasons behind PM Howard’s abolition of the C.D.E.P programs. None was given when this was announced as part of the N.T Emergency Response. It has been assumed that it was done, in part, so that 50% of their income could be "quarantined" – something that could not be done with wages, but only with Centrelink payments.