Low-income residents of a regional South Australian city are using an innovative solar scheme to shave money off their power bills.
A company awarded a $70 million contract to operate outsourced Centrelink call centres was responsible for wrongly cutting tens of thousands of vulnerable people off benefits in the United Kingdom.
While there appears to be overwhelming public support for helping farmers through drought, concerns have been raised that in our rush to help we don't do more harm than good, write Neal Hughes and Steve Hatfield-Dodds.
Relief providers allege some staff at the NT's energy retailer have a poor understanding of financial hardship and decline assistance even when the charity determines the person to be in need.
Does welfare for farmers reward bad farming practice? Or, should drought be viewed like other natural disasters such as bushfires and floods?
In the space of five years Liz Clifford has lost her husband to cancer, her office job and now her home. At the age of 60 she finds herself struggling to get by on Newstart unemployment benefits.
Farmers call for urgent action to ease access to drought relief payments ahead of a review into the scheme, with only 2,000 farmers receiving the payments. Another 26,500 who are eligible have not applied.
Human Services Minister Michael Keenan says travel bans will be used as a measure of last resort in a bid to recoup debts totalling more than $800 million across the country.