Centrelink robo-debt system is an ‘abuse of power’, inquiry hears

Community sector representatives say the system is unfair, inhumane and designed to scare people away from rightfully claiming government support

Centrelink’s automated debt recovery system represents an “abuse of government power” that is undermining confidence in public administration and scaring people away from accessing income support, a senate inquiry has heard.

The senate inquiry into Centrelink’s “robo debt” system began on Wednesday, initially hearing from representatives of the community sector.

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Assistant treasurer disputes Commonwealth Bank chief’s claim housing not overpriced

Michael Sukkar says wage growth hasn’t matched house price growth after bank boss says property difficult to afford in Sydney and Melbourne but not overpriced

The assistant treasurer, Michael Sukkar, has taken issue with Commonwealth bank chief Ian Narev’s proposition that housing was difficult to afford but not overpriced, saying first home buyers find housing extraordinarily expensive.

Narev appeared before the parliamentary economics committee on Tuesday and took issue with a question about high house prices in Sydney and Melbourne.

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NRL: Jarryd Hayne ‘temporarily stood down’ from Titans leadership

Hayne argues with Gold Coast Titans teammates about issues including being overweight, according to report

Jarryd Hayne’s attitude continues to come under scrutiny, with reports he was temporarily stood down from Gold Coast’s NRL leadership group after clashes with teammates.

The star fullback argued with teammates about a number of commitment issues, including him being overweight, according to News Corp Australia. He has reportedly been placed on a weight-loss program.

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An Instagrammer’s guide to starting uni

Starting university is a big step – new friends, new challenges, and figuring out just how much coffee it takes to fuel an all night study session! It also means paying close attention to your finances. Whether you’re moving out of home, buying new text books, or just trying to budget for your daily flat white, there’s a lot of things to think about when it comes to managing your income. Instagrammer Jessica O’Connell (@jessicalauren) shows us how she keeps her university balances in check.

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International Women’s Day: protests, activism and a strike – live

Live global coverage of International Women’s Day 2017 as events take place around the world to mark the ongoing fight for equality

9.45pm GMT

Today is set to be one of the most political International Women’s Days in history, Alexandra Topping and Molly Redden report:

From Thailand to Poland, the United States to Australia, the first Global Women’s Strike will see action on both the industrial and domestic fronts, with participants keen to show solidarity with an energised global women’s movement.

“We are united, we are international – and we are everywhere,” said Klementyna Suchanow, a Poland-based organiser of the Global Women’s Strike, adding that the walkout would put governments and institutions under pressure by giving women a voice that has long been ignored. “We are an army of women across the globe and we are no longer asking to be listened to. The world is being forced to listen to us.”

The theme for 2017’s International Women’s Day – which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – is #BeBoldForChange.

Organisers of the Global Women’s Strike have joined forces with coordinators of the Women’s March and hundreds of human rights and women’s campaigners to capitalise on momentum in the movement in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. Up to 2 million people around the world marched for equality in January the day after his inauguration.

Related: ‘We are international, we are everywhere’: women unite in global strike

9.33pm GMT

Hello from Sydney, where International Women’s Day is up and running (and for readers still in Tuesday time zones: think of this as a bonus preview).

We’ll be covering the full day live from our offices in Sydney, London and New York; and with correspondents chipping in from all over the world.

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