Under the new rules, it is possible to get both, but you'll have to apply and pass the tests.
Half of the increase could be set aside for spending on training. It might appeal to Coalition members concerned that higher payments would reward people who are out of work.
Australia has tried it before, in the 1990s. The proportion of participants eventually getting unsubsidised jobs was low.
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As debate grows over what should happen to JobSeeker Payment, a 'liveable income guarantee' turns the idea of an unemployment benefit on its head.
The Morrison government says the Coronavirus Supplement won't last forever. This means JobSeeker Payment will need a huge boost to keep people out of poverty.
Every one of Australia's coronavirus support payments is due to end by the end of October. It'll leave a gaping hole.
The Coronavirus Supplement will boost the total income of very remote Indigenous Australai by one quarter.
Many temporary residents will be excluded from coronavirus support. In this open letter to the prime minister, 43 leading Australian experts on social policy argue this is in no-one’s interests.
Australia's unemployment benefits are now middle of the pack, but the package treats two-income couples badly.
One quarter of Australian workers have no paid sick leave. They are more likely than most to work in service industries, dealing with people face to face.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt arrive to speak at a press conference.
Investment incentives might not be enough. We'll need public investment and forced increases in wages.
The government's retirement incomes review should concentrate on boosting rent assistance and Newstart and fixing the pension assets test. These would achieve more than boosting super.
Scott Morrison’s government may be more authoritarian populist than strictly conservative.
Authoritarian populism has been around for a while, but this government's determination to punish some groups make the label more apt than just "conservative".
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Sabrina Roy with her baby Xena at the Milingimbi general store in the Northern Territory in 2015.
The government wants to triple the number of Australians on the Cashless Debit Card in the face of scant evidence it does them any good.
Unless we know who who Newstart recipients are, we are likely to make wrong decisions about how much to pay them and whether to drug test them.
A typical Newstart recipient is middle-aged, female, and more likely than most to live outside of a major city.
It helps to know what happens to people who stop claiming Newstart.
Getting people off welfare appears to "disappear" as many as it puts into jobs.
Even when sharing a house, the average cost of rent means very little is left over from the Newstart allowance for food and living costs.
Once rent is paid, having to live on only $14 a day doesn't cover the costs of job seeking. The evidence of the need to increase Newstart and Rent Allowance is overwhelming.
The extra 24 cents per day can buy an extra 36 peanuts per day, more if you buy in bulk.
Newstart increases are projected to get smaller and smaller relative to pension increases. By the end of the century Newstart will be just two fifths of the pension.
“We’d be mad not to learn the lessons” of the election result, said Chalmers on Labor’s way ahead.
Jim Chalmers on the need to change economic course.
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In this podcast, Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers argues the government can have both a more stimulatory policy and a surplus going forward.
Liberal MP Gladys Liu has beeb the centre of much heated debate in federal politics this week.
Another stormy week in federal parliament has seen debate around Gladys Liu's alleged links to China and the ethics of the government's push to drug-test Newstart recipients.