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Jobless benefits to be among worst in developed countries

Budget concerns

A LOW-PAID Australian worker laid off during the pandemic will receive the third-lowest unemployment benefit amongst developed countries, when the coronavirus supplement is reduced, according to a social security expert. Despite mass unemployment and extended COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, the federal government plans to cut the supplement by $300 on September 25, reducing the base rate of benefits to about ... Read More »

These are the changes to Jobkeeper at the end of the month

Amid ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and economic woes, JobKeeper payments are to be extended but at a reduced rate, and the Federal Government is to invest more than half a billion dollars to extend Australia’s aged care support. Legislation to extend both the JobKeeper wage subsidy and JobSeeker payments were due to be passed in the Senate this week before the ... Read More »

Reprieve for Tamil family, two-year-old daughter ‘not afforded procedural fairness’ in visa application

AFTER a partial victory in the Federal Court a Tamil mother has asked the government to give her family a normal life at home in the Queensland town of Biloela after two “depressing” years in detention. Priya Murugappan, her partner Nades and their Australian-born daughters Kopika, 4, and two-year-old Tharunicaa, remain on Christmas Island and could yet be deported to ... Read More »

Government offers more help for drought-stricken families with children in Catholic schools

Hard times

DROUGHT-affected families with children enrolled in Catholic schools will continue to receive Federal Government support with a further boost of $8.2 million announced last week. As the nation’s largest non-government education provider with 1746 schools, Catholic schools have been allocated a further $8.2 million on top of the initial $10 million in funding announced by the Government on November 7 ... Read More »

Bishop who advocated for Scott Rush’s family urges government to bring Bali Nine home

“WE have forgotten the Bali Nine,” Townsville Bishop Tim Harris said, almost 15 years since a foiled drug smuggling operation first made international headlines. Bishop Harris called on the Federal Government to bring the remaining Bali Nine to Australia to serve out the remainder of their sentence here. “If they’re home here, there may be an opportunity to help these ... Read More »

Hidden homeless need attention, it isn’t always obvious who is and isn’t struggling, Vinnies warns

HOMELESSNESS is on the rise in Australia and work is being done to fight it, but Vinnies warns there are factors that often remain hidden from public view. St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia chief executive officer Toby O’Connor welcomed the Federal Government’s focus on emergency accommodation for a growing number of Australians.  But he said housing ... Read More »

Newly elected Morrison Government faces three million Aussies on struggle street, Vinnies says

Miracle win: Prime Minister Scott Morrison on election night at the Wentworth Sofitel Hotel with his wife Jenny and daughters Abbey, 11, and Lily, nine. Photo: AAP

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison and the Coalition face the major challenge, after the federal election win, of helping three million Australians living in poverty, the St Vincent de Paul Society says.  The Coalition will form government after an upset election win on May 18. Despite all major media polls unanimously favouring Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, the Coalition coasted into a ... Read More »

Closing the gap – government plans for more teachers to work in remote Indigenous communities

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has called teaching “a calling” as he unveiled a Closing the Gap plan to encourage more teachers to work at remote Indigenous community schools. Under the plan, teacher graduates would have their university HECS debts wiped if they spend four years teaching in remote area Indigenous schools. “If you’re a teacher in a very remote area, ... Read More »

Care options coming home for seniors living at home ahead of aged-care royal commission

ON the eve of the aged-care royal commission, the Federal Government announced funding boosts for home-care packages, and for vital building modifications to help seniors stay living independently at home. An additional 5000 level-three and 5000 level-four home-care packages will be allocated by mid-year, providing funding for up to $50,000 of care services per person per year including nursing, home ... Read More »

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