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New budget submission builds the case for a Newstart increase

Posted by admin on April 20, 2013


The Australian Greens argue that the new budget submission from ACOSS puts further pressure on the Government to increase support for jobseekers and single parents in next month’s Budget.

“The Government needs to listen to ACOSS and the individuals and organisations who are calling for an increase in Newstart,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on families and community services said today.

“People are falling further and further into poverty. The Government needs to provide a meaningful increase in Newstart in the May budget.

“Despite some Labor MPs finding their voice on this issue, the Government has continued its march towards the Coalition’s conservative policies in regards to our most vulnerable people. The May budget is the chance for them to take a new path, one which helps people find secure work, without putting them at risk of falling deeper into poverty.

“In the 12 months since my own week on Newstart, things have only become harder for people living more than $130 below the poverty line. Despite this, Newstart has continued to fall behind increases to the cost of living.

“The Greens are the only party taking the necessary steps in Parliament to help vulnerable people. My Private Member’s Bill increases Newstart by $50 per week and could be funded by fixing the mining tax.

“Everyone knows that Newstart needs increasing, but MPs from the older parties remain steadfast in their unwillingness to take meaningful action in Parliament. The May Budget is this Government’s big change chance to prove they genuinely care about vulnerable people,” Senator Siewert concluded.

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