Lambie's words were the opposite of what we have come to expect from politicians. They were honest, heartfelt, compassionate, and mostly true.
The mega welfare/childcare bill is being split.
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When it's from Centrelink.
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So a Senate inquiry hears.
Why is the government horse trading the disabled for the jobless like we are Pokemon cards?
The changes -- a long wait for payments, and lower payments -- will not pass the Senate.
New four-week waiting period, plus young people shifted to smaller payments.
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From Cory to George, Malcolm to Sussan, Centrelink to refugees, here's your 2017 cheat sheet.
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One man made 350 calls in a day because the line wouldn't connect.
Our leaders must find middle ground with the middle class.
And linking them to welfare dependency is just plain wrong.
If the Turnbull Government was serious about improving the lives of vulnerable Australians they would invest in Gonski, they would invest in Medicare, they would invest in our higher education system.
This new approach should be genuinely about improving peoples' life outcome and quality of life, not just about saving money. We must stay connected to those who exit the system to make sure they meet key wellbeing indicators and are having better life outcomes.
Viewed through the eyes of Australia’s poorest, most disadvantaged children and young people, the Government’s ‘jobs and growth’ mantra becomes more of a taunt than a promise of good things to come.