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Rachel speaks to ABC Afternoons

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Rachel Siewert 17 Apr 2012

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has spoken to ABC Perth's Afternoon Program about her week on Newstart Allowance.

Senator Siewert said that a $50 per week increase to the payment was essential, with Newstart recipients currently living $130 per week below the poverty line.

"Any surplus we have in the budget is a fake surplus if we are condemning Australians to live in poverty," Senator Siewert told ABC's Gillian O'Shaughnessy.

Listen to the interview by cicking here and don't forget to visit our campaign page.

Rachel cooking

Audio is (C) ABC

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