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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. Shutterstock

5 charts on what a Newstart recipient really looks like

A typical Newstart recipient is middle-aged, female, and more likely than most to live outside of a major city.
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. shutterstock.com

City share-house rents eat up most of Newstart, leaving less than $100 a week to live on

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.
“We’d be mad not to learn the lessons” of the election result, said Chalmers on Labor’s way ahead. Joel Carrett/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Jim Chalmers on the need to change economic course

Jim Chalmers on the need to change economic course. The Conversation, CC BY35.9 MB (download)
In this podcast, Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers argues the government can have both a more stimulatory policy and a surplus going forward.
Helen Haines (centre-right) made history at the election as the first federal independent to succeed another independent. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Independent MP Helen Haines on using ‘soft power’

Independent MP Helen Haines on using ‘soft power’ The Conversation, CC BY27.1 MB (download)
Helen Haines, who does not have the real legislative power her predecessor, Cathy McGowan shared after the Coalition fell into minority government, says "building relationships is key to getting things done".
Morrison has trouble keeping his backbenchers in line, as they rebel on issues like superannuation and Newstart. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Morrison finds some cats defy herding

This week, Morrison told his backbench to keep their opinions in line or internal, appointed a man he's personally close to as his new head of the Prime Minister's department, and put the public service in its place.
After a bruising election result for GetUp, national director Paul Oosting is in Canberra this week to work on press freedom. Joel Carrett

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Paul Oosting responds to GetUp’s critics

Paul Oosting responds to GetUp’s critics. The Conversation, CC BY29.1 MB (download)
GetUp's national director Paul Oosting joins Michelle Grattan to respond to critics who accuse the organisation of "creating an environment...[of] abuse, harassment, intimidation".
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.

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