The base rate of Newstart has risen by $2.20 – or about 30c a day – to $275.10 a week.Read More
‘Top economists Chris Richardson and CEDA's Jarrod Ball join the case for a pay rise for Australia's poorest of the poor - the unemployed.’ on ABC RadioRead More
49% of the long-term recipients of Newstart are aged over 45Read More
‘Our results show what would happen to both prosperity (the size of the pie) and fairness (how the pie is sliced up). ‘Read More
“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
Anti Poverty Network SA grassroots campaign ‘IT’s time’ is raising awareness about the inadequacy of Newstart Allowance and calls for an increase.Read 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
'New figures confirm that inequality has risen in Australia in recent decades, mainly fuelled by gains among the highest earners'.
University of New South Wales finds that ‘Newstart Allowance does not provide an adequate safety net for the unemployed, whatever their family status.'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.
Share the Pie was on the topic list at the Emerging Writers Festival Speakeasy event focused on Money.Read More
“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'.