The Greens have welcomed the Nationals interest in an increase to Newstart, but have rejected tying any increase to Newstart with the cashless debit card.
“People on income support are some of the best money managers, because every single dollar counts when you are on a low income.
“Just because people are unemployed doesn’t mean that they can’t manage their finances. It is insulting and paternalistic to consider otherwise.
“Increasing Newstart must not be a vehicle for expanding the cashless debit card in this country.
“I urge the Nationals to support an urgent increase to Newstart and not to confuse the matter by trying to tie an increase to the cashless debit card.”
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie; 0418 401 180