Thousands will have restricted access to their welfare payments from today as part of the progressive rollout of the cashless debit card scheme in the federal electorate of Hinkler.
A Senate inquiry has been told scores of payday lending horror stories, including a man with credit card debt who was given thousands of dollars in short-term loans.
At its national conference, Labor commits to replacing the Abbott government's controversial Community Development Programme, while Bill Shorten pledges to stare down a push to end offshore processing of refugees.
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?