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The battle for benefits: people with disabilities fight back against broken system

The battle for benefits: people with disabilities fight back against broken system

Record numbers of Disability Support Pension applicants are having their claims rejected, often against the explicit advice of doctors. With nothing left to lose, some are choosing to fight.

AFP declines to investigate Tudge over breach of privacy in Centrelink robo-debt saga

AFP declines to investigate Tudge over breach of privacy in Centrelink robo-debt saga

The Australian Federal Police has decided that Human Services Minister Alan Tudge's leak of a blogger's personal info was all above board.

Alan Tudge and DHS think it’s legal to leak private citizens’ details to the press. It isn’t.

Alan Tudge and DHS think it’s legal to leak private citizens’ details to the press. It isn’t.

"I’m struggling to see a basis for a genuine argument that the disclosure of Fox’s information did not involve a breach of the Privacy Act," writes Michael Bradley.

LEAKED: scripts for three other departmental recruitment ads

LEAKED: scripts for three other departmental recruitment ads

Who could resist working for Border Force and seeing this ad?

Australia, 2017: bureaucrats who see citizens as enemies

Australia, 2017: bureaucrats who see citizens as enemies

The use of a citizen's personal information by a vengeful public service department, in cooperation with the media, is a new low for a government seemingly committed to collecting and exploiting our data.

Centrelink reveals private info about client that bad-mouthed the debt-recovery shemozzle

Centrelink reveals private info about client that bad-mouthed the debt-recovery shemozzle

Blogger Andie Fox wrote a comment piece for the Fairfax papers on February 6, outlining her experience with Centrelink. Then things got nasty.

Fairfax’s failed recipe … Hate, love and the media … NotW settlement …

Fairfax’s failed recipe … Hate, love and the media … NotW settlement …

In today's Media Briefs: Fairfax's Good Weekend and Good Living on the same menu ... Spun out of Human Services job ... Front Page of the Day ... News International offers Milly Dowler's family £3m settlement and more ...

The Brumby Dump: family help centre struggling to meet needs

The Brumby Dump: family help centre struggling to meet needs

A centre that helps some of Victoria's most vulnerable families with parenting issues is understaffed and underfunded, writes Swinburne journalism student Russell Davis.

Is Twitter the new talkback radio?

Is Twitter the new talkback radio?

The Department of Human Services has found success in the Twitterverse by applying the same broad strategy it uses for talkback radio, closely monitoring mentions of government services and interacting when possible with audiences.