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- fabio on Cardinal Pell just doesn't get it? Catholic church in the West is almost irrelevant and hypocritical .No lectures from them. more
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- Samuel J on Cardinal Pell just doesn't get it? This man is just a silly big fool. And the so called Vatican transferred this dunce to their Vatican thinking they would get ... more
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- Angela Coombes on Cardinal Pell just doesn't get it? Thia man is not worthy of his rank. It is little wonder right thinking people are deserting the Catholic church with this ... more
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Disadvantaged deserve more respect
Welfare groups say Families Minister Jenny Macklin is out of touch as she continues to maintain she could survive on the dole. Tim Webster on government waste, and treating disadvantaged with a little more respect.
Welfare groups are confident they can still force the Gillard Government to reverse its decision to reduce parenting payments
About 80,000 single parents will be moved from the Newstart allowance and on to the dole in a bid to save $700-million.
The Government has defended the move, with Families Minister Jenny Macklin declaring she could survive on $35 a day.
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Greens MP Adam Bandt has defended a stunt to live on the dole for a week in protest at a Federal Government changes to parenting payments
About 80,000 single parents will be switched to the Newstart allowance in a bid to save a little over $700-million.
Families Minister Jenny Macklin, who earns almost $1000 a week, says she could live on $35 a day.
Adam Bandt has told Tim and Tracey that's clearly not the case and dole payment needs to be higher.
HOW MUCH FEDERAL FAMILIES MINISTER JENNY MACKLIN EARNS:
$328,698 annual cabinet minister's salary
$6321 per week
$903 per day
(Source: Parliamentary remuneration and entitlements, August 17, 2012)
WHAT YOU CAN GET FOR $903 PER DAY:
One night at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne, Club Deluxe King room, $575, plus $280 Ladies Pamper Package
Degustation experience at top Melbourne restaurant, Vue de Monde, $250 per person. Matching wines $15-$25 extra per course
1996 Hyundai Sonata GLE with 220,000km, $700 (carsales.com.au)
Zone 1 myki pass valid for 210 days, $903
Melbourne Cricket Club entry membership, $900
Taxi ride from Melbourne to Wagga Wagga, NSW, $880 (Taxi Fare Calculator)
Six family passes to Luna Park Melbourne, $816 (AAP)
Families Minister Jenny Macklin is in damage control after claiming she could live on the dole but having it taken off a transcript. She has come out again, maintaining she could live on the $35 a day allowance anyway.
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