Remedying Robodebt: The Unanswered Questions

With the onset of coronavirus crisis, all Australians have recognised that we must to come together to protect those most in need. We have rushed to support unprecedented measures to build resilience and encourage the solidarity needed to push through unique challenges. As I’ve discussed elsewhere, the speedy reset of our social security system reflects a long-delayed and needed recognition that it represents a critical piece of national infrastructure. There remain, however, areas we must fix so we can generate the community needed to fight the challenges facing us. One is the urgent need to remedy robodebt. Continue Reading

The ‘Right to Humiliate’: Basic income and the dignity of welfare recipients

By Caitlin O’Gorman The federal government’s move to introduce mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients is yet another attempt to criminalise, punish and stigmatise those receiving income support payments. The trial would see Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients in Mandurah,… Continue Reading

Querying the Government’s Authority to “Correct the Record”

By Darren O’Donovan “We don’t comment on particular cases”.  Few lines are more ubiquitous in the public sphere. It is no surprise therefore, that the controversy regarding the disclosure of an individual’s personal information by the Department of Human Services… Continue Reading

LLS Staff Seminar #1: When the Damages Run Dry: The Borderlines of Tort, Injury Compensation and Social Security

Dr Genevieve Grant Monash

In the first La Trobe Law School Staff Seminar for 2016, Dr Genevieve Grant, Lecturer at Monash Law School will discuss her research on tort law, ‘double dipping’ and special circumstances review decisions of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Abstract Tort… Continue Reading