This anti-poverty week the Australian Greens are calling on the Government to raise Newstart and Youth Allowance by $75 a week to help those struggling on and below the poverty line and to help address issues like food insecurity.
"Food bank Australia have today released their Hunger Report which has found that in the last twelve months, four million Australians having been in a situation where they have run out of food and have been unable to buy more and three quarters of these people were categorised as having very low food security, Australian Greens spokesperson on Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.
"26% of the people Foodbank provide assistance to are under the age of 19 and more than 1.5 million people living in remote and rural regions have experienced food insecurity in the last twelve months.
"The people who are food insecure are people looking for work or who are in insecure/casual employment, renters, those in remote and regional areas and single parents.
"Food should never be a discretionary item, but it is becoming more and more the case in Australia and it's meaning that children are going without food.
"This has a huge impact not only on their day to day lives but for their future and in the long term being able to access employment and education.
"The Senate will be debating the Greens bill to raise Newstart and Youth Allowance by $75 a week this Thursday. With disturbing figures like these I am at a loss as to why we can't have multiparty support to pass this bill
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie: 0418 401 180