‘Australia’s welfare system is torture’: The struggle to live on Newstart

“It shouldn’t be that way and it doesn’t have to be that way. Australia is a very rich country.”

The government doesn’t care about my lifetime of volunteering, it doesn’t care I’ve paid for two university degrees myself, it doesn’t care for the policy work I’ve done and won awards for. It only cares if I can work or not.

Amanda Galvin Myers

Albert McKnight reports for Bega District News:

'In 2016, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. While she is now recovering there is the potential for it to become an ongoing medical issue. '

'But after using up her savings during the wait for her diagnosis she became registered with Newstart, the main income support payment if you are unemployed and looking for work. '

'Unable to pay her energy bills, and hearing about the positive qualities of the South East Regional Hospital, she moved to Tathra as it had the cheapest place she could find to rent on the Far South Coast.'

'Despite the move she still finds it difficult to survive on her Newstart payments, for instance she can only afford a meal a couple of days a week and the rest of the time she only has snacks, such as crackers, cereal or biscuits.' 

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