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Life on Newstart means living your whole life behind the eight-ball

Life on Newstart means living your whole life behind the eight-ball

Being on Newstart doesn't just mean poverty. It can also mean losing the opportunities to ever escape it.

How long do people really stay on Newstart?

How long do people really stay on Newstart?

A common excuse for not increasing Newstart is that it is a 'transitional' payment for most recipients. Do those numbers add up?

Boris Johnson steps up to prime ministership

Boris Johnson steps up to prime ministership

Good morning, early birds. Boris Johnson has been confirmed as the UK's next prime minister, and Australian police agencies have been accused of conducting illegal metadata searches. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

In targeting fighters, the government targets Australia’s liberty

In targeting fighters, the government targets Australia’s liberty

Crikey readers tackle Peter Dutton's war on foreign fighters, the broken visa system and wage theft.

An incomplete list of tired excuses for not increasing Newstart

An incomplete list of tired excuses for not increasing Newstart

Scott Morrison and the Liberal Party seem hell-bent on keeping Newstart payments at an unlivable standard. But it's not just the Coalition holding payments back.

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.