The Greens have a bill before Parliament right now that would increase Newstart and Youth Allowance by $75 a week.
“Newstart hasn’t been increased since 1994 – this is a significant policy failure by successive Governments that must be urgently fixed, Senator Rachel Siewert said.
“We don’t need a review, we don’t need an audit, we need action.
“We have the opportunity to get it done when my bill is debated in October- what are we waiting for?
“We have all seen the reports, we have all seen the evidence and we have all seen the human suffering of people struggling on the appallingly low payment.
“In a wealthy country such as ours, no one should be living in poverty, struggling to put food on the table and it beggars belief that Labor and the Coalition refuse to do anything about it.”
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