“You feel like you’re not quite human”: What it’s like living on Newstart

'An estimated 700,000 unemployed Australians live on about $39 a day, the amount of the Newstart allowance.

'The amount of the welfare benefit given to unemployed job seekers has remained the same in real terms for nearly a quarter of a century. During this time, other costs have risen and there have been calls - including from non-for-profits, business leaders and former Prime Minister John Howard - to raise the amount.'

'ANU Crawford School of Public Policy Professor Peter Whiteford, Chief Executive of the Brotherhood of St Laurence Conny Lenneberg and 24-year-old Newstart recipient Troy share their academic, professional and personal experiences for those living on Newstart.'

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