Cashless welfare card trials extended despite ‘no evidence’ they reduce harm | Australia news

The federal government has said it is looking at a fifth site for the controversial cashless welfare card, as the social services minister announced the existing trials would be extended for another 12 months. Paul Fletcher said on Friday the government would extend the trial of the Cashless Debit Card (CDC) and the income management […]

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Theresa May delivered crushing blow by EU leaders in bid to win over Tory rebels

Theresa May delivered crushing blow by EU leaders in bid to win over Tory rebels

Theresa May was delivered a devastating blow by EU leaders last night after seeking help to win over Tory rebels as her party descended into civil war. The Prime Minister had begged them to give ground on the Irish backstop as she faces a battle to get her Brexit deal through Parliament. But European Commission […]

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Voice of the Mirror: Tories should end need for food banks and not use them as PR - Voice of the Mirror

Voice of the Mirror: Tories should end need for food banks and not use them as PR – Voice of the Mirror

We hunger for change Foodbanks are expected to hand hungry families more than a million ­emergency parcels this Christmas. Many recipients have been reduced to poverty by this Government’s cruel benefit cuts and the botched universal credit roll-out. The fact that people have to rely on food banks should be a cause of national shame. […]

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Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Senate votes to stop US support for Yemen war

Senators have voted to recommend that the U.S. stop supporting the Saudi-led war in Yemen, directly challenging both Saudi Arabia and President Donald Trump in the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s slaying. The bipartisan vote Thursday comes two months after the Saudi journalist’s killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and after Trump has equivocated […]

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A woman pays for her coffee with cryptocurrency at Ducatus cafe, the first cashless cafe that accepts cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, in Singapore December 21, 2017.

NYC, NJ target cashless businesses, alleging bias against the poor

Lawmakers in New York City and New Jersey are working to pass bills that would require retailers to accept cash, alleging that the growing cashless trend discriminates against low-income customers. Low-income, minority and less-educated households are more likely to have no bank accounts or rely on financial products that come from outside the banking system. […]

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Labor could adopt Newstart increase as official policy at national conference | Australia news

Labor could adopt a position supporting both an increase in Newstart, as well as a commitment to a review of income support, at the party’s national conference which starts in Adelaide on Sunday. Party sources have told Guardian Australia there are discussions in train over a form of words committing both to an increase in […]

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Council tax will rise in April 2019 by an inflation-busting rate - confirmed

Council tax will rise in April 2019 by an inflation-busting rate – confirmed

Families face inflation-busting council tax hikes from April 2019, the Tory government confirmed today. Hard-up households will be slapped with a rise of up to 5.99% on the main part of their bill as ministers “shift the burden” of cuts onto town halls. Mirror analysis suggests such a rise would add roughly £80 to the […]

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Ten companies pay 45% of all corporate tax in Australia | Australia news

Ten companies are paying 45% of all corporate tax in Australia, demonstrating how reliant the federal government is on the fortunes of the big banks, miners and supermarket giants. The tax office has released its fourth tax transparency report, revealing key details of 2,109 of the largest companies with operations in Australia for the 2016-17 […]

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Michael Cohen's tweet about Hillary Clinton going to prison has not aged well

Michael Cohen’s tweet about Hillary Clinton going to prison has not aged well

Donald Trump’s former lawyer once taunted Hillary Clinton on Twitter, telling her she was going to jail. And Twitter users wasted no time digging up Michael Cohen’s now-ironic tweet after he was jailed for three years for covering up for his former boss. In December 2015, Cohen tweeted: “@HillaryClinton when you go to prison for […]

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Australia turns back on allies as it refuses to cut emissions above Paris pledge | Environment

Australia will not commit to larger carbon emissions reductions above its Paris agreement target, despite a coalition of former allies and Pacific neighbours urging greater cuts. In Paris in 2015 Australia was a part of a bloc of countries called the “High Ambition Coalition”, which includes the UK, the EU, New Zealand, the Marshall Islands […]

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