Last night's budget was the 25th without an increase (in real terms) to the Newstart unemployment benefit.
Since the days of the Howard government, the ability for single parents to get suitable welfare support has become harder and harder. Crikey tracks the changes.
Good morning, early birds. Chinese lobbyist and billionaire political donor Huang Xiangmo has had his Australian permanent residency blocked, and Scott Morrison rules out a snap election resulting from any upcoming losses in parliament. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
This year was an annus horribilis for the poor — but the tireless campaigning of low-income advocates offers some hope for the future.
Crikey readers discuss the government's migrant welfare bill and the rise of pre-polling.
More woe for Centrelink users to come ... Cash's innuendo ... who leaked against Roman Quaedvlieg?
Disabled Australians are being turned away from the Disability Support Pension and forced onto punitive and untenable unemployment schemes.
There are between 200,000 and 500,000 people who want to access drug and alcohol services who are unable to because there are not enough doctors and clinics. What will be accomplished by forcing drug-addicted welfare recipients to join the queue?
Documents obtained by Crikey reveal a troubling new twist in the Centrelink drug-testing scandal. Freelance journalist John Power reports.