“When people with low incomes and wealth are left behind, they struggle to reach a socially acceptable standard and to participate in society. This causes divisions in our society,” Professor SaundersRead More
‘ACCC says consumers face a confusing and unfair market. Discounts are misleading and need to be made fairer; customers should be able to compare these against a benchmark rate’Read More
“The notion of people starving in Australia was pretty foreign to me until it happened to me”
Social media was in outrage at the news of Robert, a single father and cancer patient in critical condition, being denied the Disability Support Pension (DSP)and instead put on Newstart Allowance.Read More
‘Maybe policies aimed at reducing inequality will be the new wave of thinking when it come to generating stronger economic growth.’Read More
the number of people on welfare is in decline and while there is an increase in the carers and aged pension cohort it is less than previously expected.'Read More
While the mature-age unemployment rate is low compared to youth unemployment, older people are more likely to remain unemployed. The low rate of Newstart Allowance means they are doing it tough.
“It shouldn’t be that way and it doesn’t have to be that way. Australia is a very rich country.”
“It’s clear, the figures show there remains a need for more investment in affordable housing for vulnerable groups in society.'
'I often don’t eat enough, as I make sure the kids are fed first. Sleep often eludes me, as I lie awake for countless hours wondering how I’m going to pay the rent and bills...'
'Social workers and recipients found many payments were “too low to achieve a minimum standard of living'.
Newstart experiences and expert discussion with Share the Pie on SoundCloud.Read More
'A recent survey conducted by Good Shepherd Microfinance has found a third of all Australians feel embarrassed or ashamed of their financial situation. ‘Read More
‘One quarter of people on Newstart have partial capacity to work, since successive governments have tightened access to the pension’Read More
New polling has suggested more than two-thirds of Australians support raising Newstart, with community groups and political advocates putting pressure on the major parties to support lifting the payment.
'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.'Read More
92% of respondents supported the statement “In Australia, no one should go without basic essentials like food, healthcare, transport and power.”Read More
Katharine Murphy, The Guardian's political editor reports on the latest Essential poll.Read More
Executive Director of The Brotherhood Conny Lenneberg spoke to The Conversation about the inequality created by the low level of Newstart, which hasn’t been boosted for many years.
Mick Smart: ‘Nobody wants my recovery or return to work more than me.’Read More