'Never been harder': job seekers barely scraping by

By Poppy Johnston
Updated June 13 2024 - 3:40am, first published 3:32am
A cost-of-living index shows welfare recipients barely have enough money to cover basic expenses. (Alan Porritt/AAP PHOTOS)
A cost-of-living index shows welfare recipients barely have enough money to cover basic expenses. (Alan Porritt/AAP PHOTOS)

Covering the cost of weekly essentials is leaving Australians on JobSeeker and other welfare payments with little left over to pay bills or other incidental expenses.

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