‘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
‘the combination of very low rates of Newstart - as little as $38.98 a day for a single unemployed person - and rising rents for even modest accommodation, is proving unbearable. The consequence is that people are being pushed into homelessness."Read More
The 2018 Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS), a survey of 1,267 people who call on Salvation Army services, has found the average Newstart recipient is living on just $17.00 a day after accommodation expenses*.
‘It’s a constant stress … how do you have the sanity to walk into a job interview and be positive when you’re constantly thinking, ‘Tonight, where am I staying?’Read More
RN Breakfast talks Salvation Army’s Newstart survey and speaks with Jane, a Newstart recipient struggling to make ends meet.Read More
New report by the Salvation Army has found people on the dole are now forced to live on an average of $17 a day.Read More
'The fact that so few people on government support can afford decent housing suggests that the problem might not be a housing one, but a welfare one.'Read More
"I couldn't pay my rent. The reason I ended up on the street was I couldn't pay my debts.
‘The little things that make life bearable are denied to people like me on welfare, but others think that if you live in poverty you have no right to comfort.’Read More
‘At under $39 a day for a single person, Newstart allowance (unemployment benefits) is far from generous.’Read More
'More older Australians are without a home than ever before, while nearly 615,000 people now live below the poverty line.'Read More
'Housing costs alone are responsible for pushing a further 229,000 Australian children below the poverty line, a new analysis shows.'Read More
'It feels like poverty. It feels like buying some groceries and loo roll, and realising the money is almost gone, says Amanda.'Read More
Watch The Feed as it speaks to Elizabeth, a Newstart recipient and covers the current politics surrounding the inadequacy of the Newstart unemployment benefit.Read More