Quebec basic income program begins, but advocates say many low-income people excluded

Quebec basic income program begins, but advocates say many low-income people excluded

Monique Toutant poses for a portrait in Quebec City, Jan. 27, 2023. Toutant is eligible for Quebec’s new basic income program.FRANCIS VACHON/The Canadian Press For the first time in many years, Monique Toutant thinks she might be able to buy herself some better groceries and a few new clothes. As a long-time social assistance recipient, … Read more

National School Chaplaincy Program report backs name change, choice of wellbeing officers

An independent evaluation of The National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) has found there are benefits of having chaplains in schools, but has endorsed plans to broaden the scheme to include secular support staff. Key points: The report calls for clearer guidelines around what constituted proselytising It supports the government’s decision to gives schools a choice of … Read more

Animal welfare laws to be bolstered to improve cruelty case prosecutions in SA

A case of animal cruelty in which a cat was shot with an arrow was not prosecuted partly because of shortcomings with South Australia’s pet protection laws, the RSPCA says. Key points: A review of animal welfare laws have been launched in SA The RSPCA SA says under current laws they can only pursue criminal prosecutions, which sometimes require a … Read more

Bureaucrat admits department made 'false' statements about Robodebt | ABC News – ABC News (Australia)

Bureaucrat admits department made ‘false’ statements about Robodebt | ABC News  ABC News (Australia) Robo-debt royal commission: Department’s robo-debt decisions underpinned by ‘flawed assumptions’, official says  Sydney Morning Herald Witness Robert Hurman admits his department made ‘false’ statements about Robodebt to ombudsman  ABC News View Full coverage on Google News

Youth Allowance payments are going up today. Here’s why it’s not all good news

Something happened while you were sleeping off your hangover or working on your New Year’s resolutions: the rate of Youth Allowance payments went up more than six per cent. The federal government was quick to point out the increase is the highest in the payment’s 25-year history. Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said the increase … Read more

Scott Minerd, Guggenheim Partners’ Investment Chief, Dies at Age 63

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SA Police help Maltese family check on long-lost relative living in Port Augusta

Lillian Chetcuti Riolo enjoys helping Maltese families reconnect with long-lost loved ones living abroad. Key points: An Australian-born woman living in Malta emailed SA Police hoping to find a long-lost relative  Two officers immediately conducted a welfare check and found the man safe and well They sent a smiling selfie of the trio back to the woman in … Read more

Migrant Surge at Border Strains El Paso – The Wall Street Journal

Migrant Surge at Border Strains El Paso  The Wall Street Journal Migrant arrivals at U.S.-Mexico border hit record levels  CBS Evening News BREAKING POINT: Border town politicians making migrant crisis worse, shelters overrun, mission director says  Fox News Group calls on leaders to do more for migrants stranded on El Paso streets  KVIA Concerns raised about number of border … Read more

Robodebt: Scott Morrison pulled up repeatedly for not answering questions – Guardian Australia

Robodebt: Scott Morrison pulled up repeatedly for not answering questions  Guardian Australia Scott Morrison gives evidence at Robodebt royal commission — as it happened  ABC News ScoMo presents robodebt defence View Full coverage on Google News

Former bureacract says ‘give me a break’, denies claims she mislead watchdog over Robodebt

A public servant has denied trying to “manipulate the truth” to the federal watchdog over the legality of Robodebt at a royal commission into the unlawful scheme. Key points: Catherine Halbert was at the Department of Social Services when it advised on the program which became Robodebt The commission has previously heard the department received legal … Read more