The Greens have today called for the Government to stop demonising income support recipients to detract from the overwhelming community support for an increase to Newstart
“The senate inquiry into Jobactive found that the program is not fit for purpose, yet this Government is using data from the flawed Targeted Compliance Framework from that system to support their ideological narrative”, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.
“The penalties, demerits and suspensions are not a reflection of people not wanting to meet their obligations and participate, they are reflective of the flawed system.
“The Targeted Compliance Framework (TCF) or demerit point system is a punitive framework that is making people’s lives more difficult.
“There’s basically no flexibility in the system and we know from the Senate inquiry and also from complaints we receive that people are getting penalised because of mistakes by providers. The system also does not account for the complexity of people’s lives.
“At the time that the TCF was introduced I warned that this would happen, that people would be cut off and disengage with the system.
“This system is making people sick and depressed. Looking for 20 jobs a month is demoralising, because the jobs are simply not there! People are applying for jobs they clearly aren’t qualified for and even employers are complaining about it.
“I urge Minister Cash to read the committee report and instead of focusing on making life hell for those accessing our social safety net, implement the recommendations.
“It’s outrageous that once again this Government is using a flawed system to demonise people on income support and drip feeding statistics rather than putting all of the evidence on the table. These statistics are not available on line at this stage and so can’t be scrutinised and analysed.
“Trying to demonise people is a distraction from increasing Newstart.
“It once again shows their heartless approach that is punitive rather than supportive.”
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie; 0418 401 180