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Majority of Australians on jobseeker and parenting payments live in poverty, study finds
Report on 3 million people living below the breadline shows welfare payments are ‘totally inadequate’ and action is needed in May budget, Acoss says

Luke Henriques-Gomes

21, Mar, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Cybersecurity funds should go towards beefing up Centrelink voice authentication, Greens say
David Shoebridge says some of the $10bn allocated to Redspice program should counter misuse of AI

Josh Taylor

20, Mar, 2023 @4:24 AM

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Scrap ‘punitive’ mutual obligation system for Australia’s jobseekers, job agency tells inquiry
Another key industry player suggested government should shut down the work-for-the-dole scheme

Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

16, Mar, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Australia’s welfare system puts disadvantaged at risk, inquiry told
Mutual obligation system subjects some participants to ‘punitive conditions’, commonwealth ombudsman says

Paul Karp Chief political correspondent

12, Mar, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Queensland mother whose son took his life calls for change at robodebt royal commission – As it happened
All the day’s news as it unfolded

Mostafa Rachwani and Natasha May (earlier)

10, Mar, 2023 @7:31 AM

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ParentsNext welfare scheme ‘does too much harm’ and should be replaced, inquiry finds
Parliamentary panel calls for sweeping changes to Coalition’s $484m program including easing harshest compliance requirements

Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

01, Mar, 2023 @5:20 AM

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Robodebt – turns out it was unlawful and that some people may or may not have known | First Dog on the Moon
I wasn’t at the meeting – I mean I was at the meeting but I wasn’t listening

First Dog on the Moon

27, Feb, 2023 @4:43 AM

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‘Saddest part of my career’: Centrelink employee describes pain of implementing robodebt
Jeannie-Marie Blake says watching the royal commission into the scheme has been ‘triggering’ after giving evidence with striking frankness

Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

24, Feb, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Robodebt inquiry: evidence contradicts witness’s claim he didn’t know unlawful method was being used
Former Department of Human Services official tells inquiry he can’t explain emails and other documents he saw referring to use of income averaging

Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

24, Feb, 2023 @5:20 AM

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‘I can’t forget’: frontline worker gives searing indictment of robodebt as architects of scheme due to give evidence
Centrelink employee told the commission she would never forget what staff were ‘forced’ to do to victims of the program

Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

21, Feb, 2023 @2:00 PM

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I used to be part of the working class. Now I’m part of the working poor | Christine White
The rising cost of food, transport and utilities means that the meagre amount of money I have been able to stretch to cover necessities isn’t covering them any more

Christine White

19, Feb, 2023 @2:00 PM

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‘They bleed you dry’: the recruitment scammers preying on Australian job seekers
As cybercriminals increasingly target the job market, antipoverty advocates say punitive welfare rules leave job seekers particularly vulnerable

Cait Kelly

18, Feb, 2023 @7:00 PM

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