The Senate will today debate Senator Rachel Siewert’s private member’s bill Social Services Legislation Amendment (Ending the Poverty Trap) Bill 2018 that will increase Newstart, Youth Allowance and other payments by $75 a week.
WHEN: Monday 22 July 2019 at 10am in the Senate Chamber
“Today the Senate will debate my bill which is the fifth bill to increase Newstart I have introduced in my 14 years in Parliament,” Senator Rachel Siewert Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and community Services said.
“Newstart needs to be increased urgently by at least $75 a week.
“We then have to stop treating income support payments like a political football. An independent process for setting pensions and allowances is well overdue.
“Labor and some in the Coalition are clearly feeling the heat when it comes to the abysmally low rate of Newstart, and those in Parliament who support an increase to Newstart should vote for it when they get the chance.
“The Greens urge Senators and MPs to join the community in the campaign to increase Newstart and support my bill.
“It is untenable that people on Newstart continue to live in poverty, the Government should be moving immediately to address the appalling low rate of Newstart.
“When the people in Parliament work for their community, we can do powerful things, together.”
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