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Greens say Government should suspend mutual obligations for six months

The Australian Greens have written to Minister Cash regarding the suspension of mutual obligation requirements for people on income support. 
 
"The current suspension of mutual obligations requirements for people on income support operates until Monday April 27, that is the beginning of next week.
 
"As it stands, the Government advice is still stay at home unless you are going to work or education (if you are unable to do so at home), shopping for essential supplies such as groceries, going out for personal exercise in the neighbourhood on your own or with one other, attending medical appointments or compassionate visits.
 
"Social distancing and isolating is especially important for older Australians, those with existing health concerns, First Nations peoples, disabled people, carers, many of whom access our social safety net. 
 
"Now is not the time to be penalising people and suspending their payments for choosing not to put their safety at risk by requiring them to attend appointments and face to face meetings.
 
"With  the unprecedented number of people now applying for income support, and the strain this will place on employment service provider it is the ideal time to reset how we support jobseekers. 

“We need to ditch the punitive approach and move to a supportive model that meets peoples needs and doesn’t focus on compliance over support."
 
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