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Welfare Rights Review

Welfare Rights Review Vol 2 No 1

In This Issue

Budget 2016 Overview: Turnbull government fails to exorcise the ghosts of unfair budgets past

On the surface, this year’s Budget was a relatively quiet one for the income support and family payments system, probably reflecting the Government’s awareness that its last two Budgets were widely regarded as unfair, targeting low income househol

Budget 2016: More work needed on government’s youth internship program

One of the main positive proposals in this year’s Budget was a package of measures aimed at addressing youth unemployment, including an internship and wage subsidy measure known as the Youth Jobs PaTH program and an expansion of the New Enterprise

Budget 2016: More people with a disability move onto Newstart Allowance, but no action to ensure its adequacy

As discussed in another article in this edition of the Welfare Rights Review (no.5), this Budget not only fails to take action to increase the rate of Newstart Allowance, it contains what is in effect a cut in payments for new rec

Budget 2016: Turnbull government fails to reverse cuts to CLCs and Indigenous legal services

The Government has failed to take action in this Budget to reverse looming funding cuts for Legal Aid, Indigenous and Community Legal Centre services.  This includes a

Budget 2016: Proposed abolition of carbon compensation a cut to Newstart Allowance

The Government is proposing to abolish “carbon compensation” payments for new recipients, including the Energy Supplement for new recipients of social security and family payments.  It argues that these payments are no longer necessary, as the car

Upcoming changes to social security law

The following is a summary of upcoming changes to social security and family assistance law and policy.

Abolition of Schoolkids Bonus from July 2016

Government to be commended on withdrawal of legislation to close off special benefit for people serving an Income Maintenance Period

The National Welfare Rights Network has been campaigning for reform of social security rules imposing a non-payment period (called an “income maintenance period”) on people receiving a redundancy or leave payment.  Our members see many clients who

New pathway to residence for New Zealand citizens welcome but more support needed for the most vulnerable

In February this year, the Government announced a new pathway to Australian permanent residence for New Zealand citizens already living in Australia, to be available from 1 July 2017.

NWRN calls on the government to reverse harmful cuts in support for new migrants and their families

In the 2015-16 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, the Government proposed to save $225 million over four years by removing exemptions from the Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Period (NARWP) for new migrants who are family members of Australian

NWRN Secretary wins 2015 Human Rights Commission Law Award

Genevieve Bolton, NWRN Secretary and Executive Director/Principal Lawyer of one of its members, Canberra Community Law, has been awarded the Human Rights Commission Law award.  This is much deserved recognition of her incredible contribution to th