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Budget Politics Welfare

Catholic leaders among signatories of JobSeeker letter to PM

Intense pressure remains on the Australian Government to raise the rate of JobSeeker in the imminent May Budget, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese declaring he understands “people are under real pressure”. Source: Canberra Times.

Politics Welfare

Chalmers facing growing internal division over JobSeeker

Treasurer Jim Chalmers is facing growing internal division over his decision to reject a core $24 billion recommendation from his Economic Inclusion Advisory Committee to raise JobSeeker by 40 per cent to just under $1000 a fortnight. Source: The Australian. 

Welfare

Stage 3 tax cuts to go ahead but no news on JobSeeker payment

The Albanese Government remains committed to the $250 billion stage 3 tax cuts but cannot say whether it will lift the JobSeeker payment rate, despite its own expert committee finding it was now “a barrier to paid work”. Source: The Guardian.

Charity Welfare

Vinnies backs experts’ call to raise income support

The St Vincent de Paul Society has urged the Albanese Government to act on all recommendations proposed by the Economic Inclusion Advisory Committee, including a large increase to the JobSeeker payment.

Politics Welfare

Experts call for ‘substantial’ increase in income support payments

A group tasked by the Albanese Government to examine income support payments says they are “seriously inadequate”. Source: ABC News.

Welfare

Australia’s welfare system puts disadvantaged at risk, inquiry told

Australia’s mutual obligation system for welfare risks “subjecting disadvantaged participants to unreasonably onerous and punitive conditions”, the Commonwealth Ombudsman has warned. Source: The Guardian.

Welfare

Millions of Australians to receive welfare payment boost this month

Nearly 5 million Australians will receive a major increase to their pension and allowance payments when they are indexed to inflation later this month. Source: Nine.com.au.

Politics Welfare

Chalmers still open to boost in Jobseeker rate

Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers has not ruled out raising the JobSeeker rate after key members of a committee reviewing the welfare payment backed its increase. Source: The Australian.

Welfare

Former Labor deputy to lead welfare review

Former Labor powerbroker Jenny Macklin will lead a 16-person economic inclusion advisory committee making recommendations on welfare payment levels and other social policies ahead of the May Budget. Source: The Australian.