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Minister refuses to answer whether he could live on Newstart: $38 a day

Minster Fifield, in Question Time today has refused to answer whether or not he could live on the $38 a day Newstart payment.

“As per usual, the Government trots out their lines “Newstart is a payment designed for people transitioning into work.”

“This is an utter fallacy, the jobs are simply not there. In May 2018, there were eight unemployed or under-employed people for every job vacancy.

“46% of Newstart recipients are on the payment for over two years.

“Over two years living on $38 a day because there are limited jobs available is not a transition – it’s dire poverty.

 
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