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Mar 10, 2022 • 17m 20s

The end of public housing in Australia

All across the country, waitlists for public housing are on the rise. In the meantime, state governments are selling off public housing estates to developers - doing nothing to reduce these ballooning waitlists. Today, Rick Morton on how governments and developers are exacerbating the housing crisis in Australia - and what it means for people who need a place to live.

Feb 22, 2021 • 15m 25s

Robo-debt: the origin of the supervillain

Two long-forgotten High Court cases warned the government that robo-debt might be illegal. Rick Morton on what they knew - and when they knew it.

Nov 20, 2020 • 13m 47s

The truth about robodebt and political responsibility

The federal government has settled the largest class action in Australian history, over the unlawful robodebt program. Today, Paul Bongiorno on who was responsible and whether anyone in the government will be held accountable for this policy.

Sep 2, 2020 • 16m 10s

Profiting off the unemployment boom

As Australia grapples with an unemployment crisis corporate job agencies are benefiting from a boom in government payments. Some are being accused of pressuring those looking for work. Today, Rick Morton on who is profiting from Australia’s unemployment industry.

Apr 6, 2020 • 14m 40s

Surviving the economic turmoil of coronavirus

What happens when everyone in a household loses work because of coronavirus? Today we look at the human cost of unemployment and what the government is doing to help people survive.

Nov 13, 2019 • 15m02s

Sums in a notepad: mental health and work

The federal government spends twice as much on income support for people affected by mental illness as it does on treatment. Rick Morton on living inside these figures – and the “arithmetic of existence”.

Oct 22, 2019 • 14m26s

Restarting robo-debt

An error at the Department of Human Services caused the original robo-debt algorithm to restart, issuing thousands of unchecked debt notices.

Sep 17, 2019 • 17m35s

Scott Morrison’s poverty fix

As Scott Morrison announces punitive welfare plans, Rick Morton asks what happens when you treat poverty as a moral problem.

Aug 1, 2019 • 13m42s

The case for raising Newstart

As the campaign to raise Newstart intensifies, details emerge of who is actually living on the payment and for how long.

May 28, 2019 • 14m40s

The Mothers’ Resistance

Since its introduction, ParentsNext has been a controversial welfare program – but there is a mothers’ resistance mounting against it.

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