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Energy minister Angus Taylor was the target of Tuesday’s question time and given that he’s not a strong performer in the House, he floundered. Mick Tsikas/AAP

View from The Hill: Morrison cracks the whip

Morrison is keen to whip the backbench into line early, telling the backbench to be “mindful of what we took to the election and what we didn't take”.
All Newstart recipients are eligible for other benefits too, but in many cases these are paltry. AAP Image/Julian Smith

FactCheck: do 99% of Newstart recipients also receive other benefits?

Yes, most jobseekers who receive Newstart payments are also eligible for other benefits. But in many cases this is just a few dollars a fortnight to help with expenses such as electricity bills.
Supporters outside the offices of the Fair Work Commission in Melbourne on Friday, June 1, 2018 after it lifted the minimum wage by 3.5% JOE CASTRO/AAP

The false hope offered by talk of a living wage

Granting low-wage workers a "living wage" instead of a minimum wage is far from costless, and there are much better ways of helping people genuinely in need.
Under the ParentsNext that was delivered, some parents lose payments for failing to attend appointments and others don’t. Shutterstock/Department of Jobs and Small Business

More than unpopular. How ParentsNext intrudes on single parents’ human rights

ParentsNext has punitive dimensions that threaten people's human rights. Now a Senate Committee will determine whether it's helping or harming vulnerable parents and their children.
Labor would work with community housing providers, the residential construction sector and institutional investors. Flickr

Shorten’s subsidy plan to boost affordable housing

In his Sunday announcement, Shorten says the ALP’s ten-year plan to build 250,000 houses and units would be Australia’s “biggest ever investment in affordable housing”.
Newstart should be lifted by mush more than usually proposed, a new ANU algorithm finds. Shutterstock

Cut the pension, boost Newstart. What our algorithm says is the best way to get value for our welfare dollars

A new ANU computer algorithm can provide near instant answers about how to get the best bang for welfare dollars. It says we should boost Newstart and cut either pensions or family benefits.
Single parents have been made worse off by the Howard, Rudd, Gillard, Abbott and Turnbull governments. It’s time to take stock. Shutterstck

It’s not just Newstart. Single parents are $271 per fortnight worse off. Labor needs an overarching welfare review

Fixing Newstart isn't enough. We need a comprehensive inquiry into our complex and bewildering social security system, especially as it applies to single parents.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence’s “Share the Pie” campaign posters are appearing at Canberra bus stops. Brotherhood of St Laurence/supplied

Politics Podcast: Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Conny Lenneberg on Newstart, poverty and inequality

Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Conny Lenneberg on Newstart, poverty and inequality
Executive Director of Brotherhood of St Laurence Conny Lenneberg spoke to The Conversation about the inequality created by the low level of Newstart, which hasn't been boosted for many years.

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