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Treasurer threatens tax hike to fund NDIS

Treasurer Scott Morrison has threatened to increase taxes if a raft of welfare cuts worth billions of dollars are blocked by the Senate. The government expected to generate $5.6 billion in savings through its welfare omnibus bill — which appears certain to fail — earmarking $1.6 billion for childcare fee subsidies and the remaining $4 … Continue reading

Paralympian’s emotional criticism

The NDIS is not welfare and should not be considered a burden by the government, gold medallist Kurt Fearnley says, after yesterday’s announcement its funding is contingent on savings from welfare cuts.

Calls for an end to Centrelink debt policy despite changes

Human Service Minister Alan Tudge announced a number of amendments on Tuesday evening designed to improve the fairness of the controversial automated recovery system, including a move away from demanding immediate payment for debts.

NFPs welcome ratification of Convention Against Torture Protocol

The Attorney-General Senator George Brandis announced on Thursday that the government would ratify the OPCAT which is designed to “strengthen the protection of persons deprived of their liberty against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.