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Older women and disabled people hardest hit by Australia’s assault on welfare



a group of people in front of a sign: Photograph: Stefan Postles/AAP


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Two decades of welfare crackdowns by successive governments have resulted in a sharp rise in older women and people with disabilities languishing on unemployment benefits for longer.

A Parliamentary Budget Office paper issued on Wednesday reveals that, as of 2019, 62% of men receiving jobseeker payment are staying on the benefit longer than 12 months – up from 51% in 2007.

But the change is even more drastic among women, rising from 47.6% to 71.2%.

The analysis – which tracks the impact of big shifts in welfare policy dating back as far as the Howard years – confirms warnings from advocates and analysis by Guardian Australia that the unemployed are spending longer on benefits than ever before.



a group of people in front of a sign: Researchers argue unemployment benefits now appear to ‘function as a kind of pre-age-pension payment for some older Australians’.


© Photograph: Stefan Postles/AAP
Researchers argue unemployment benefits now appear to ‘function as a kind of pre-age-pension payment for some older Australians’.

In 2007, 9.5%

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