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Reducing Jobseeker would be irresponsible

The Greens say the Government's plans to reduce the Jobseeker payment in September is reckless, unfair and fiscally irresponsible.

“To meet the OECD relative measure of poverty a fortnightly income of at least $1012 is needed, keeping Jobseeker at its current rate would ensure people were not living in poverty.

“How will people survive if they cannot even afford the basics like rent or groceries and how will our economy repair if people can’t spend?

“This position flies in the face of the evidence and what economists have been saying for years now, it’s not tenable for income support payments to be so low. 

"The Prime Minister said today that if “people are in jobs, they don’t need income support”. This statement misses the point, unfortunately many people are likely not to be in jobs.

"We are seeing forecasts of unemployment rates of up to 8-10% over the next few years. 

"We can and should choose to adequately support those people impacted by the high unemployment rates, no income support payment should be below the poverty line.

"There is no justification for making people go back to living on payments of $40 a day."


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