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Domestic abuse or genuine relationship? Our welfare system can't tell

  • Written by Lyndal Sleep, Research Fellow, Griffith University
Financial abuse can be misinterpreted as 'sharing finances', which can indicate a relationship in the criteria of the couple rule. Shutterstock

In Australia’s social security laws, the “couple rule” is used to determine if a person is in a relationship, tying access to Centrelink payments to the income and assets of their partner....

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