Australia's long forgotten people: Newstart recipients
"The long forgotten people of this federal Budget - yet again - are Australians who rely on Newstart to make ends meet,” said Brotherhood of St Laurence executive director Conny Lenneberg. ”After 25 years of economic growth, our country’s unemployment benefit remains far too low.”
Ms Lenneberg said increasing Newstart is not just about being fair - it makes good economic sense. “Newstart is so utterly inadequate - as little as $38.98 a day - that many people on the payment can’t afford to properly conduct their job search. They are struggling to cover the basics of life. The truth is that there are costs involved in looking for work: maintaining a mobile phone, paying for transport and having presentable clothing to attend interviews."
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