One quarter of people on Newstart have partial capacity to work, since successive governments have tightened access to the pension

The government has dramatically cut access to the disability support pension in the past eight years, cutting the approval rate from 63% to about 30% this financial year.

Successive governments – both Labor and Liberal – have implemented policies to tighten access to the payment, which supports those with a physical or intellectual impairment that hampers their ability to work.

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