The Senate has today voted down a Greens motion to increase Newstart by $75 a week.
“This payment has not had a real increase since 1994, so it is very disappointing that my motion was voted down, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“The median house price in my home town of Perth in 1994 was $123, 125 and look at house prices now!
"At just $38 a day, jobseekers are struggling on a Newstart payment that forces them to live in poverty.
“For over two decades both the major parties have lacked political will and refused to increase Newstart.