Welfare

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Labor ditches Coalition’s $2.5m ‘jobdobber’ hotline for employers
Service let employers report jobseekers who rejected jobs or submitted inappropriate applications

Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

07, Feb, 2023 @10:00 PM

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Whose doing was it?: what we’ve learned from the robodebt royal commission
Some responsibility accepted but also excuses and deflection of blame. And the human cost laid bare of an unfair and unlawful scheme

Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

03, Feb, 2023 @11:00 PM

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Superannuation tax breaks will cost budget $52bn, almost matching Australia’s age pension
New analysis calls for major changes including restrictions on concessions as the country risks having ‘two classes of state-funded retirees’

Paul Karp

02, Feb, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Christian Porter tells inquiry ‘someone’ in department assured him robodebt was legal but ‘I can’t recall who’
Former social services minister and attorney general also says he accepts some responsibility for the scandal

Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

02, Feb, 2023 @7:48 AM

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Christian Porter to face robodebt inquiry after Alan Tudge questioned over department’s response to suicides
Former social services minister due to appear at high-profile royal commission on Thursday

Luke Henriques-GomesSocial affairs and inequality editor

01, Feb, 2023 @11:07 PM

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Capsule found after ‘needle in a haystack’ search – as it happened
This blog is now closed

Emily Wind and Natasha May (earlier)

01, Feb, 2023 @8:06 AM

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Alan Tudge denies he was responsible for department’s failure to check legality of robodebt, royal commission hears
Former human services minister says he was away on leave when an article casting doubt on legality of robodebt was sent to him

Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

01, Feb, 2023 @4:46 AM

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‘Storm the house’: Queensland care home receives threats after being wrongly identified as halfway house
Online posts urge violence against residents after premises described as a place for ‘youth offenders’

Ben Smee

31, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Alan Tudge’s adviser placed stories in ‘friendly media’ to ‘shut down’ robodebt scandal, royal commission told
Rachelle Miller tells inquiry the then human services minister was ‘very firm’ a media storm over the Centrelink debt recovery scheme needed to be shut down

Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

31, Jan, 2023 @6:34 AM

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Inaccuracy of robodebt scheme ‘known issue’ but was ‘only way’ to do more reviews, commission told
Former top lawyer for the Department of Human Services said she relied on another department’s position that income averaging scheme was lawful

Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

30, Jan, 2023 @9:02 AM

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‘They miss out’: soaring rents and insufficient support force more uni students in Australia to live with parents
‘Generational shift’ in share accommodation as housing crisis puts young people under ‘enormous pressure’

Caitlin Cassidy

29, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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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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