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School dumped, ship hotel mothballed, buses bull: Hubbub – 30 Oct 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART School is a Dump The Dept of Planning are working with NSW Dept Education and Northern Beaches Council to relocate French’s Forest High School on Sydney’s North Shore, in order to build a new town centre on the school site, with shops, bars, a sports oval and 3,000 apartments. However, […]

A new start for Newstart?

By ALLISON HORE Over 80 people living on the Youth Allowance and Newstart have registered to meet up with their local MPs this week to share their stories and call on them to immediately raise the rate of Newstart and Youth Allowance. The meetings, which will be held across the country, are part of a […]

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 […]

Abolished budget proposal set to benefit inner west jobseekers

By Chris Sutton The cancellation of a government proposal to force the unemployed to apply for 40 jobs per month is set to relieve pressure on jobseekers and businesses in the inner west. The plan, initially proposed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott in this year's federal budget, was set to be enforced next year. Anthony Albanese, […]

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. […]