"It's a struggle to get by"

Four people share with the ABC what life is really like on Newstart.

Peter, 55: 'I have to make very hard choices'

Peter has been on Newstart for about a year and a half.

"I have to make very hard choices. If I get sick, I have to suck it up. I can't afford medicines. I put off things like haircuts as far as I possibly can," he said.

"In the last couple of weeks I've got a leaking tap in the shower that I can't afford to repair.

"I've turned the water off and I'm showering every two or three days because the water flows and I can't afford to pay a plumber for basic household maintenance."

Read the full story via ABC News: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-22/four-people-share-same-struggles-living-on-newstart/11424222

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