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Senate inquiry backs permanent Newstart increase as one million jobless Australians apply for benefits

The parliamentary committee has warned people are being driven into poverty, food insecurity, homelessness and mental anguish because of...

A Senate committee into the adequacy of Newstart and similar welfare payments has urged the federal government to increase the benefits beyond the coronavirus crisis.

  • Tom Stayner
  • SBS

More than one million Australians are expected to apply for unemployment benefits because of restrictions tied to the outbreak, an inquiry into the pandemic heard on…

The federal government has doubled the JobSeeker payment – formerly known as Newstart – and expanded eligibility to…

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