There is a disconnect between citizens and lawmakers – it can be distance, it can be difficult getting in a schedule, and it can even be layers of bureaucracy.
It’s not often that people can voice their concerns directly, but that is exactly what the hearings for the Senate Inquiry into Newstart is doing. It’s allowing NGOs, charities, councils, and Newstart recipients to explain the situation facing low-income job seekers.
What kind of impact can these hearings make? Will it see change, or is it futile?