Crikey readers discuss welfare stagnation and Scott Morrison's rail ambitions.
Last night's budget was the 25th without an increase (in real terms) to the Newstart unemployment benefit.
The claims that the Liberals are engaged in an attack on welfare aren't actually backed up by the numbers.
The left maintains that neoliberalism, and the Liberal Party, are hostile to welfare spending. The record shows otherwise.
Crikey had a front-row seat at this week's Senate inquiry into the widely criticised pre-employment program. Noticeably, there were a few seats spare...
The opposition's cautious pragmatism has ultimately led them to vote for a bill they virulently oppose.
Good morning, early birds. Energy companies are coming out in force to challenge the government's power divestment plan as potentially unconstitutional, domestic violence workers warn of the end the National Rental Affordability Scheme, and preference deals mean micro-parties are expected to swarm the Victorian state election. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
The government's upcoming review of the public service is a welcome opportunity to fix persistent problems with the delivery of social services, something ministers are unwilling to do themselves.