On the first sitting day of anti-poverty week the Senate has passed another motion calling for the Government to immediately raise the rate of Newstart.
“The high rates of poverty in this country are shameful and Australians care about what poverty does to our families and communities.
“Last week at the Senate inquiry hearing into Newstart we heard some devastating accounts from those living on Newstart in a constant state of fear and anxiety with the daily worry of whether than can eat or afford their medication and rent for that week.
“This should not be happening in our country.
“It’s our job as politicians to support people and help them addresss the barriers they face so that we have happy healthy communities across Australia.
“I would ask all politicians and members of the community if they could live on $40 a day for years at a time, because that is what the system is doing to people at the moment. Peoples’ mental and physical well-being is at risk.
"The Greens will continue to campaign to ensure that people who rely on these payments are treated fairly by our income support system.”
The motion reads: