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Yet another federal government MP calls for Newstart increase

Federal Government MP Pat Conaghan has come out in support of an increase to Newstart, citing concerns over child poverty, in a move warmly welcomed by the Australian and New South Wales Councils of Social Service. Mr Conaghan, a Nationals...
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Report shows three million people in poverty in Australia and why we must act to support each other

The 2020 Poverty in Australia Overview, released today by the Australian Council of Social Service and UNSW Sydney, shows more than one in eight adults and one in six children live below the poverty line in Australia. Australian Council of...
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Survey Of 892 young people on Youth Allowance and Newstart reveals shocking rates of deprivation

The National Union of Students, YOUNG Campaigns, and the Australian Council of Social Service have today launched a joint report exposing the alarming rates of deprivation among young people currently receiving Youth Allowance and Newstart. The report is the result...
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Government’s cashless-debit scheme with big banks is a shameless attempt to distract from need for Newstart increase

The Australian Council of Social Service has criticised the Government’s announcement today that it is working with the big four banks on a scheme to expand the cashless debit card nationwide, despite opposition to the card in the Senate. “This...
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NSW Deputy Premier and Nationals Leader urges Morrison Government to reconsider Newstart position

The Deputy Premier of NSW, John Barilaro, has urged his federal colleagues to reconsider their position on Newstart at the launch of an NCOSS event today that addressed economic disadvantage across the state, including in the regions. The Australian Council...
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The single most effective step to reduce poverty this Anti-Poverty Week

As Parliament returns today on the Monday of Anti-Poverty Week, the Australian Council of Social Service is calling on the Government to take the single most effective step to reduce the persistent rates of poverty in our wealthy country...
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