Canberra may be in love with the idea of cashless welfare, but after spending three months talking to those on it, a different story emerges.
I’ve been on both sides of the poverty line, and I can unequivocally state that this country’s welfare system needs to change its direction.
Despite the Senate rejecting it twice before and a similar program in the US completely failing, the Coalition is resolute in drug testing those on welfare.
The AUWU’s Jeremy Poxon: “They try and paint a picture that they’re creating a lot of jobs, when it’s just not true”
Jeremy Poxon of the Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union (AUWU) talks about the basic truth that powers unemployment in this country.
The philosophy of the cashless welfare card is the perfect marriage of neoliberal ideology and evangelical Christianity, both of which pathologise, criminalise and individualise poverty as a lifestyle choice.