The Australian Greens say that Treasurer Frydenberg’s statement that we must ensure “a safety net which is underpinned by a sense of decency and fairness” means that the Government must commit to maintaining the current rate of the Jobseeker payment and ensuring that no income support payment is below the poverty line.
"It would not be decent or fair to take the Jobseeker payment back below the poverty line.
"The recently tabled Senate Community Affairs Committee inquiry report into Newstart outlined a Parliamentary Budget Office costing to meet the OECD relative measure of poverty which found that a fortnightly income of at least $1012 was needed to meet that measure.
"The fact is, this crisis will not be over in September, and sadly there is still likely to be over a million Australians out of work.
"But we can and should choose to support them adequately and that means making sure they are not living below the poverty line while they are looking for work or waiting for new opportunities while the economy recovers."
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie: 0418 401 180