“I’m astounded that the Government thought that Newstart rising through indexation by $2.20 – or about 30c a day – to $275.10 a week will make a difference to people trying to survive on Newstart, Senator Rachel Siewert said.
“It’s not news that the Government is out of touch with the community and their cost of living struggles. But saying that a $2 increase to Newstart is going to “help people keep up with cost of living” is a new low, you would think it was a joke if this issue wasn’t so serious.
“How can they not be embarrassed by their ignorant comments? People are living on $38 dollars a day for a long time and the best the Government can do is let Newstart increase by indexation?
“Just this week Deloitte Access economics has released research showing that an increase to Newstart by $75 a week would have a boost to the Australian economy by $4.0 billion as a result of extra spending.
“It’s shameful that in a wealthy country like Australia we have so many people living in poverty simply due to Government inaction.
“The Greens have a bill before Parliament right now that would increase Newstart and Youth Allowance by $75 a week. Newstart could have a $75 a week increase by the end of October.”
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie: 0418 401 180