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Newstart: Historic moment as Greens motion to increase Newstart passes Senate

A Greens motion to increase Newstart has passed the Senate today.

“This is a historic moment”, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.
 
“I am very pleased that the Senate has agreed that Newstart is too low.
 
“I’ve introduced countless motions to increase Newstart over the years that have been voted down, time and again.
 
“Just like with Marriage Equality, just like with the Banking Royal Commission, the Greens have continued to campaign, in partnership with the community to achieve change. I will continue to introduce bills and motions to our Parliament until we get an increase to Newstart.
 
“The evidence is well and truly in, we know we need an urgent increase by at least $75 a week.
 
“The Government is out of step with community expectations and there is no excuse not to increase the rate of Newstart right now."
 
The motions reads:
 
I give notice that on 24 July 2019 I shall move –
That the Senate –

 

  1. Notes that:
    1. the rate of Newstart for single people without children is $555.70 per fortnight;
    2. the Government has taken action to address deeming rates acknowledging that part-pensioners were struggling;
    3. the Salvation Army’s 2018 Economic and Social Impact Survey found that, after paying for accommodation, Newstart recipients were left with $17 a day;
    4. the findings of an analysis by ANU’s Professor Peter Whiteford that Newstart is the second lowest unemployment payment in the OECD if we look at the replacement rate;
    5. the Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot 2019 found there were zero affordable rentals for a single person on Newstart or Youth Allowance in any major city;
  2. Urges the Government to immediately increase the single rate of Newstart and Youth Allowance.

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