Tag: Newstart

  • UNSW Student Affected By Centrelink Debt Notices: “They Treat Us Like Dirt”

    UNSW Student Affected By Centrelink Debt Notices: “They Treat Us Like Dirt”

    By Alicia D’Arcy  Any mention of the word “Centrelink” over the summer, and thousands of Australians’ blood would begin to boil.  Between July and December last year, Centrelink sent out debt notices to thousands of welfare recipients, using a new automated compliance system. At a very conservative estimate, 20% of those notices were incorrect. The…

  • Welfare Policies Allowing Unnecessary Poverty

    Welfare Policies Allowing Unnecessary Poverty

    The Federal Government is being pushed to increase the rate of Newstart allowance following warnings that it is falling significantly behind the adequate minimum amount needed for the unemployed and low income earners to survive day to day. The report prepared by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling for church welfare agencies has…