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Playing the Equivocation Game with Bill Shorten and the ALP

Playing the Equivocation Game with Bill Shorten and the ALP

All the things Bill Shorten wants us to think he's said, even though he didn't actually say them.

Older Australians struggle to survive on Newstart

Older Australians struggle to survive on Newstart

Crikey readers discuss the impracticality of living on Newstart as an older Australian.

Newstart has become a cruel joke

Newstart has become a cruel joke

Crikey readers discuss welfare stagnation and Scott Morrison's rail ambitions.

Does anyone in Australia think Newstart is adequate?

Does anyone in Australia think Newstart is adequate?

Last night's budget was the 25th without an increase (in real terms) to the Newstart unemployment benefit.

Crisis watch: the various hot messes threatening Labor and Shorten

Crisis watch: the various hot messes threatening Labor and Shorten

From technology to welfare to refugees, Bill Shorten has plenty to deal with in the lead-up to the national conference.

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

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

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

Disability support plummets as government turns up heat on the vulnerable

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

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

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

Drug testing to weed out dole blunters

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

Centrelink debt collectors target innocent people

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.