Centrelink

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Disability pension rules leave thousands with cancer on $44 a day
Patients left languishing on jobseeker until disease is ‘fully treated’ – and diagnosis is terminal

Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

09, Oct, 2021 @7:00 PM

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‘Not above the law’: warning for Australia’s Department of Social Services over threat to ignore tribunal
Appeals tribunal judgment criticises ‘poor conduct’, saying department argued it would ignore order for Centrelink to reinstate man’s jobseeker payments

Luke Henriques-Gomes

07, Oct, 2021 @1:24 AM

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Living on Centrelink payments means jumping through hoops and living on scraps – will it ever end? | Lysa Lloyd
Life for those of us on welfare benefits holds little hope. If our society can’t look after its most vulnerable, maybe it needs to be torn down

Lysa Lloyd

04, Oct, 2021 @11:48 PM

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‘A modest ask’: federal court bid to lower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pension age
Given the nine-year gap in life expectancy, it is inequitable and discriminatory to maintain the same pension age, a legal challenge will claim in federal court

Calla Wahlquist

26, Sep, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Welfare recipients struggle with cost of living as lockdowns drag on
There are growing calls to help more than 800,000 people currently left out of income support measures

Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

20, Sep, 2021 @2:10 AM

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Pentecostal church given $660,000 in jobkeeper, then returns 3,620% increase in profit
Hope Unlimited church reported a profit of $43,355 in 2019, which increased dramatically to $1.6m in 2020 in part with government pandemic payments

Christopher Knaus

15, Sep, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Former small business ombudsman wants ‘compassion’ for those overpaid welfare due to jobkeeper
Kate Carnell defends tax office decision not to pursue businesses and suggests similar treatment for individuals who made ‘honest mistakes’

Paul Karp

13, Sep, 2021 @5:30 PM

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ATO won’t pursue $180m in jobkeeper paid to ineligible businesses due to ‘honest mistakes’
Decision fuels criticism about treatment of profitable businesses while thousands of welfare recipients ordered to pay back $33m

Paul Karp

10, Sep, 2021 @8:15 AM

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Experts urge higher income support payments to stem youth mental health crisis
Australia’s Mental Health Think Tank argues ‘this is absolutely the first and most decisive action the Australian government could take’

Luke Henriques-Gomes

09, Sep, 2021 @5:31 PM

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Daughter’s anger as late mother hit with decade-old $1,600 welfare bill, but jobkeeper companies keep cash
Exclusive: The debt issued to Tarnya Widdicombe’s mother was later wiped and blamed on a ‘mistake’ after inquiries from Guardian Australia

Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

07, Sep, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Injured woman says she drained super to survive while waiting years for disability support pension
Senate inquiry told Australia’s disability payment rules need to be ‘rewritten’ as people struggle for months before receiving support

Luke Henriques-Gomes

06, Sep, 2021 @7:58 AM

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The black summer bushfires took life and property. Centrelink is now taking hope
Doug Reidy was physically and mentally traumatised by those catastrophic fires but has been knocked back for the disability support pension

Luke Henriques-Gomes

28, Aug, 2021 @8:00 PM

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