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Jenny Macklin has found herself in hot water over comments about the dole. Jenny Macklin has found herself in hot water over comments about the dole. AAP/Alan Porritt

ALP must make a Newstart on its broken welfare policy

There seems little doubt that Families Minister Jenny Macklin’s office attempted to “fix up” her extraordinary faux pas last Tuesday – her claim that yes, she could live on the daily income of $35 received…
There’s no evidence to suggest that the government’s income management program is working. So why is it being expanded? There’s no evidence to suggest that the government’s income management program is working. So why is it being expanded? AAP

Government remains deaf to the data on income management

If Finance Minister Penny Wong is serious about delivering budget savings to Australians, perhaps she should rethink the government’s commitment to its contentious income management program. By cutting…
Income management is being introduced in part for child protection, but is could make things harder for families. Income management is being introduced in part for child protection, but is could make things harder for families. AAP/Joe Castro

There’s no evidence that income management works … so why introduce it?

The start of the new financial year has also heralded the start of one of the major reforms of our income support system, yet few know it is happening. The Income Management program quarantines at least…