There is hyperbole in the way evidence for welfare drug testing is being presented.
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Most of the evidence drawn on by critics of the trial comes from places that have implemented such programs. So, have they worked?
An increase in the Newstart Allowance of well in excess of $50 a week is urgently needed.
The minimum wage may be adequate for some low-paid workers – but this is clearly not the case for the woefully inadequate Newstart Allowance.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter in Question Time.
Christian Porter said Australia's welfare system 'was costing over 100% of all income tax raised' under Labor after the GFC, and that it's 'around 80%' under the Coalition. Is that true?
Social Services Minister Christian Porter, speaking on Q&A.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter told Q&A that 'rates of drug use amongst unemployed are 2.5 times higher than amongst employed people'. Is that correct?
The government is keen to push its omnibus savings bill through parliament.
We need to ask on what basis the government is making its budget savings a 'moral' issue, and how the opposition can possibly support it.
The government plans to axe a supplement for Newstart recipients.
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The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre's Kon Karapanagiotidis said that what a politician can claim for a one night stay in Canberra is equivalent to an entire week on Newstart. Is that true?
ACOSS has called for a boost to Newstart payments.
ACOSS chief executive Cassandra Goldie said that the level of unemployment payment hasn't been increased in Australia in over 20 years. Is that true?
Will Treasurer Scott Morrison revive the Ghosts of Budgets Past in this year’s budget speech?
Having made a commitment to reduce spending, the federal government will have its work cut out with this year's budget, which may require revisiting policy ideas that have caused it pain in the past.
At its peak in 1996, nearly 25% of Australia’s working-age population was receiving basic income support benefits.
What aspects of the government’s reforms succeeded in assisting people into employment? And did the reforms improve the population’s economic well-being? Or have they left some groups worse off?
A basic income proposal directly addresses the problem of people falling through the cracks of a complex welfare system.
Might the lessons of Australia’s super-efficient welfare system offer a potential way forward for the development of a basic income – a universal, low but adequate payment?
The loss represents a setback for Social Services Minister Scott Morrison, whose negotiations with the crossbench failed.
The Senate has defeated the government's budget measure to make job seekers under 25 wait four weeks for income support.
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has said eight out of 10 income taxpayers go to work to fund Australia’s welfare bill.
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Implying that 80% of Australian income tax goes straight towards the welfare bill overlooks the fact that a large proportion of income taxpayers benefit from social security.
The way pensions are indexed can have a significant impact on the end payment.
Australia's rising number of pensioners leaves the government conflicted on pensions and how they are indexed.
The three scenarios in Joe Hockey’s Intergenerational Report present very different pictures of the future budget situation.
The Intergenerational Report may actually be underestimating the scale of the budgetary challenges ahead.
Despite a fall in our rate of child poverty, there is reason to be concerned about recent changes and future trends in Australia.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has just released its latest report card on child well-being in 41 rich countries. In particular, the report looks at the effects of the economic crisis on children…
Anyone who imagines most job seekers have it easy probably hasn’t been out of work recently.
It turns out that the policies for under 30s in the federal budget in May were a precursor to a much wider set of changes affecting unemployed people across the board. These are just now coming to light…
Kevin Andrews and the government’s vision for welfare reform depends entirely on whether labour market opportunities will open up to those for whom it has previously been closed.
The interim report of the Review of Australia’s Welfare System, led by former Mission Australia CEO Patrick McClure, is a vexed piece of work. Much in it is commendable and even far-sighted, but there…
The government wants young people to be learning or earning, but at some point they should be treated as adults.
When should a young person start getting paid as an adult? It depends on where the money is coming from, according to current government policy - policy that is sending conflicting messages about the true…
The policy idea seems to be that poverty will force young people to work, but what if there are too few jobs?
In the lead-up to the 2014-15 budget, Australians heard the federal government’s mantra that the “adults are back in charge”. However, the government’s approach to young people has been vague since its…
Treasurer Joe Hockey warned Australians that ‘the age of entitlement is over’ – a promise that certainly came true for young Australians in the federal budget.
The 2014-15 federal budget continues the deconstruction of Australia’s post-war welfare state. In fact, the budget takes it a step further, particularly for the young. People under the age of 30 will now…