Today, Barnaby Joyce unexpectedly broke rank, calling for an increase in Newstart payments. Sadly, his message didn’t travel far, as Scott Morrison stated that he has “no plans” to do such a thing.
Jeremy Poxon of the Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union (AUWU) talks about the harsh realities that welfare recipients face, and why those in power do not seem to care.
Josh Frydenberg’s welfare “backflip” is anything but. The payment of $75 to those well below the poverty line is an insult – nothing more.
Dealing with Centrelink is often a frustrating experience. I find it to be ineptitude beset by hopelessness. Clearly, we’re being punished for asking for help.
In her second, take-no-prisoners piece for TBS, rural GP Rastas offers her diagnosis of an Australian welfare system way too open to abuse.