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Queueing at an Adelaide Centrelink office after COVID-19 restrictions shut down businesses. Photo: Tony Lewis/InDaily
Opinion

A choice between community support and poverty-level Centrelink payments

As COVID-19 restrictions slowly lift and borders begin to reopen, emergency payments and increased benefits introduced to mitigate economic and social damage are about to be wound back. Besides the economic impact, a return to pre-pandemic welfare income will plunge many back into poverty, argues Catherine Earl.