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A mutant of a budget offers mixed answers to the vital questions

The government is planning for a business-led recovery — using a trillion dollars of public money. It's a strange mix of ideology for a post-COVID recovery.

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Are people really allowed early access to their super with no scrutiny?

Paul Keating says 'there's been no scrutiny whatsoever'. That isn't totally right. But whether the scheme represents good public policy is a different question.

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Hundreds of hours and an uphill battle for the vulnerable to access social services

Vulnerable groups applying for social services face massive wait times and an incredibly complex application process. And the problem is only getting worse.

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Nice JobKeeper set to juice GDP numbers. Naughty JobSeeker not counted

There'll be some extra value for the government's JobKeeper money when it's included in GDP — but JobSeeker payments will be left out.

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Return of ‘the mum and dad investors’

Australian journalists' favourite term is back. This is a zombie movie with no end in sight.

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A new era of big government is here, and government isn’t ready

The role of government has dramatically changed in recent weeks. And it will require a reversal of much of the thinking of the last thirty years.

Expansion of aged care funding has been a boon for private providers, leaving seniors wanting

As government spending on both residential aged care and home care has increased, private providers have been the main beneficiaries. And complaints have soared.

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Not Delivering In Spades: takeaways from the NDIS review

A new report shows how the National Disability Insurance Scheme is letting down the people it exists to help. Crikey highlights some of the worst revelations.

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Did the AAT just acknowledge robo-debt is real?

Even though the term 'robo-debt' is in widespread use, this might be the first time it has been used by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

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Can the government be trusted to run disability support services?

Crikey readers question the federal government's track record on disability support (and other services) and offer some insight into alternatives, while elsewhere readers react to Crikey's politician of the year.

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