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Unemployment relief unavailable

by ALEC SMART After the Federal Government demanded closure of large sectors of the workforce that dealt with the public, which primarily affected those working in venues (cinemas, theatres), hospitality (restaurants, pubs, clubs), performance arts (bands, actors, comedians), and indoor sporting venues (public pools, gyms), thousands of newly-unemployed tried to register at Centrelink offices. On […]

Life in the cruelty factory

BY MARK MORDUE Tom Studans from the Australian Unemployed Workers Union steps up to the microphone to talk about Newstart payments that have not risen in real terms for a quarter of a century. Sixty people occupy the hall. They’re here in answer to an unemployment and welfare crisis. The Sydney Street Choir – a […]

Newstart is no start

By John Moyle Last week Inner West mayor Darcy Byrne issued a press release proclaiming that he was fronting a push at the ALP’s national conference in Sydney for a $75 a week increase to the Newstart allowance. The fact that even with support from his employer and mentor Anthony Albanese, the motion failed to […]

Inner west a tough home for those on Newstart

Zac Svendses has about eight weeks left before he runs out of money. The 25-year old banker lost his job at Westpac more than a month ago when his entire department in Adelaide was made redundant. He moved to Sydney and has been living off the federal Newstart allowance while he tries to find work. […]