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Centrelink recipients in lockdown should automatically receive COVID-19 disaster relief payments: Labor

Labor wants welfare recipients living in lockdown areas automatically bumped onto higher COVID-19 disaster relief payments.It also wants the federal government to automatically move people back onto JobSeeker and waive the waiting period when the lockdowns end.Currently, people receiving the dole or other government payments aren’t eligible for…
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Single mum-of-three recovering from a stroke forced to steal food to feed her anorexic daughter after Jobseeker payments cut

A single mother-of-three from Victoria claims she is “living like a peasant” and has been forced to steal food for her family ever since her Jobseeker payments were cut last month.Lisa*, 44, from Pakenham in south-east Melbourne, says she had two strokes in September 2017, leaving her permanently disabled and unable to work.Ever since, she has been…
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Centrelink robodebt refund 2021 | 7NEWS

Robodebt victims were treated like “criminals” and made to feel like “welfare cheats” by Centrelink staff and debt collectors, the Federal Court has been told.Hundreds of participants in a class action against the Commonwealth’s robodebt scheme have objected to a $1.2 billion settlement of the case.Fiona Forsyth QC, representing more than 600,000…
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JobMaker Hiring scheme explained | 7NEWS

The following information has been provided by the Australian Tax Office.The JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme is an incentive for businesses to employ additional young job seekers aged 16–35 years.Eligible employers can access the JobMaker Hiring Credit for each eligible additional employee they hire between 7 October 2020 and 6 October…
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‘I nearly died’: Single Australian mum ‘surviving on one meal a day’ amid desperate search for work during COVID-19

A 56-year-old South Australian woman has been counting down the days until she is homeless.Rita Sacchetta, from Munno Para in Northern Adelaide, has been living hand-to-mouth ever since she lost her job in March 2019.Although consistently applying for roles, “I’ve never even gotten to the interview stage,” Rita told 7NEWS.com.au.She’s not…
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JobSeeker hotline inundated with calls as federal government issues warning to Centrelink welfare recipients

A federal government hotline for employers to dob in welfare recipients who aren’t meeting their obligations has been inundated with calls.In the weeks since the service was set up, more than 300 people have been reported and more than 240 are under investigation or facing compliance action.Watch Employment Minister Stuart Robert speak about the…
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