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What is robodebt?

There are many questions about the government's controversial robodebt scheme. Let's start with what it actually is.

The NSW Police Force and the Australian Defence Force conducting public health order checks at homes and businesses in Sydney. (AAP Image/Supplied by NSW Police)

Oh good, the army’s here

Good morning, early birds. Members of the Australian Defence Force have been conducting random self-isolation checks across Sydney, and Queensland has announced four-week emergency rent relief. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

People are seen in long queues outside the Centrelink office in Southport on the Gold Coast, on Monday, March 23, 2020. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

Unemployment expected to triple

Good morning, early birds. The government has expanded the $550 coronavirus supplement to include people on Youth Allowance Student, Austudy and Abstudy payments, and unemployment is expected to jump from 5.1% to 15%. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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.

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 <b>Lionel Elmore</b>.

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.

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.

‘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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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.