Welfare

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Inflation-driven higher education debt increases to hit millions of Australians
Even under the most conservative scenario, modelling suggests average Help debt will increase by at least $1700 when indexed on 1 June

Caitlin Cassidy

27, Jan, 2023 @11:00 PM

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PM calls voice a ‘mainstream’ concept; Liberal senator sends legal complaint over tweets – as it happened
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Henry Belot, Jordyn Beazley and Natasha May

27, Jan, 2023 @7:47 AM

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Robodebt inquiry hears claim social services official ‘sat on’ damning external legal advice about scheme
Former mid-level official Kristin Lumley says she believed there was ‘inaction’ from her boss and it would ‘end up in federal court’

Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

27, Jan, 2023 @6:19 AM

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Inquiry grills Workforce Australia agencies on ‘bonkers’ reporting requirements for parental welfare
Committee hears ParentNext program is ‘punitive and prescriptive’, with threats of payment suspensions ‘significantly detrimental’ for families

Stephanie Convery Inequality reporter

18, Jan, 2023 @5:45 AM

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Australia’s richest 1% pocketed $150,000 a minute over past decade, Oxfam research finds
Report calls for higher taxes for the super-rich as analysis reveals an Australian wealth tax could raise $29.1bn annually

Stephanie Convery Inequality reporter

16, Jan, 2023 @12:31 AM

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Children in Australia’s poorest households have about 10% chance of becoming top earners
Treasury research finds most severe poverty is ‘particularly entrenched’ but children far more likely to progress than in US

Paul Karp

12, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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A new ‘build your own budget’ tool reveals just how bad the stage-three tax cuts are | Greg Jericho
Parliamentary Budget Office tool shows how government could deliver tax cuts and also help those in much more need than people earning over $200,000

Greg Jericho

11, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Labor under renewed pressure to axe stage-three tax cuts as Australia’s budget woes mount
The party voted in support of tax cuts while in opposition and went to the election promising no changes to the policy

Amy Remeikis

02, Jan, 2023 @5:18 AM

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Australia’s new laws taking effect on 1 January: from super top-ups to PCR tests and home care fees
Over-55s downsizing their house, people who use prescription medicines and welfare recipients are among those who will benefit

Paul Karp

31, Dec, 2022 @7:00 PM

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‘Morally questionable’: compliance element should be scrapped from controversial ParentsNext scheme, MPs told
Human Rights Commission says aspects of ParentsNext program have the ‘effect of penalising parents, overwhelmingly mothers’

Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

23, Dec, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Packet noodles or leftover pizza: the harsh reality of Christmas for Australians on welfare
For many struggling to survive on jobseeker payments, the yuletide celebration is just another day

Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

22, Dec, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Public servant grilled over robodebt scheme appointed to Aukus role worth $900,000 a year
Kathryn Campbell, a former head of the human and social services departments, has ‘no direct reports’ in new role as roving adviser

Daniel Hurst Foreign affairs and defence correspondent

21, Dec, 2022 @2:00 PM

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