"I am gobsmacked that the Prime Minister is thinking it is ok to return the Jobseeker payment to $40 a day in six months, condemning what is likely to be over a million people to living in poverty on Jobseeker. This is untenable.
"The cruelty of low income support rates has been laid bare by this pandemic.
"How can it be Government policy for people to live below the poverty line?
"In six months people are still going to need access to our social safety net because the economy is going to take longer than that to recover and many peoples will be unable to find work.
"We need long term solutions for employment and our social safety net.
"An increase to the Jobseeker payment must be long term and permanent."
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie: 0418 401 180