Coalition warned welfare overhaul could worsen poverty and unemployment | Australia news | The Guardian

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The government’s planned overhaul of the welfare system could push the most vulnerable further into poverty and undermine their ability to get a job, the Australian Council of Social Service has warned.

Welfare advocacy groups are in Canberra this week mounting a final effort to convince Senate crossbenchers not to pass the harshest elements of the Coalition’s social security legislation.

The bill introduces tougher punishments for jobseekers who fail to meet their mutual obligation requirements and ends the ability for welfare recipients to notify the department of an “intent to claim”, should they find themselves unable to lodge a claim for social security in full.

via Coalition warned welfare overhaul could worsen poverty and unemployment | Australia news | The Guardian