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Income Support and Welfare

Income Support and Welfare

The AASW has an extensive history of advocating for adequate income support and welfare payments. The United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights states that all people have the right to social security, to an adequate standard of living, and “to the continuous improvement of living conditions” (United Nations, 1976). In accordance with our values of Respect for Persons, Social Justice and Human Rights, we have consistently advocated for an increase in income support payments, to lift them above the poverty line. We have campaigned against the “robodebt” scheme, cashless debit card, drug-testing for welfare recipients, and repeated punitive federal budgets.