Treasurer Scott Morrison announced a $2.3 billion welfare crackdown on fraud and non-compliance this week, revealing the government is owed about $3.5 billion in incorrect payments. The measures include improving engagement with welfare recipients, better income data matching and ensuring welfare recipients properly disclose their assets. The new rules will apply across the whole welfare system, from pensioners to single parents to Newstart recipients.
But that’s not the only change we will see to welfare. If the government wins on Saturday and wins a majority in the Senate, it will push through cuts to family payments from Tony Abbott’s 2014 budget – cuts which will largely target single parents.