Inadequacy of unemployment benefits has been accepted pretty much across the board, but the minister is now trying to define the problem away

A Turnbull government minister has taken the novel approach of changing the definition of poverty to reject the widely-held conclusion that inadequate unemployment benefits are one reason many Australians are poor.

The idea that poverty can be defined away might disturb many, but human services minister Alan Tudge’s speech this week earned him an extended herogram from radio ranter Alan Jones, who told his listeners the minister was “1000 per cent” right.

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