Low rate of Newstart "our standout failure as a nation," says leading economist

Deloitte leading economist , Chris Richardson's call to increase Newstart as a budget priority was covered in the news this week. 

Low rate of Newstart unemployment benefit "is our standout failure as a nation," says Deloitte leading economist Chris Richardson in the lead up to the federal budget. "

'Unemployment benefits have also failed to keep pace with rises in the minimum wage.

"That combination says we here in Australia don't have a dole-bludger problem — what we have is a society that is unnecessarily cruel," Mr Richardson said. "We make trouble for ourselves if we let the poorest of the poor get poorer."'