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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.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

We're gonna rise up ... Centrelink bungles ... Karp! Karp! Karp! ...

Is Australia too nice to the unemployed?

Is Australia too nice to the unemployed?

The Unemployment Benefit (UB) was introduced in Australia in 1945. What's improved since then? Crikey intern Rachel Robertson asks the question.

Bludgeoning the bludgers

Bludgeoning the bludgers

The Daily Telegraph’s hate affair with dole bludgers continues today with an article entitled “Turn back the bludgers”: “Dole recipients are ripping off millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money by exploiting a loophole that allows them to knock back jobs without losing welfare payments”. According to the article, “the bludgers are rejecting jobs because ‘shifts fall […]

Silver-tongued Malcolm’s govt is complicit in violence against women

Silver-tongued Malcolm’s govt is complicit in violence against women

The focus on Turnbull’s call for a cultural shift has left unexamined the ways in which government policy is complicit in violence against women and children.

Essential: voters down on privatisation and the unemployed

Essential: voters down on privatisation and the unemployed

Voters remain deeply opposed to any privatisation, even of things they've never heard of, this week's Essential Report shows. And the view that the Newstart payment is too low isn't widely shared by voters.