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Shorten’s fair-go excludes those looking for work on Newstart

The Australian Greens will continue to push for an urgent $75 a week increase to Newstart.

“It is extremely disappointing and disheartening that Mr Shorten doesn’t think that addressing poverty is a priority for the Australian Labor Party, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"Mr Shorten has an opportunity to show some leadership and commit to delivering a policy outcome in the interests of some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

"I ask Mr Shorten, how it is fair to force the people who cannot find work to live on payments as low as $38 a day?

"A commitment to a review is simply not good enough, when people who have been living in poverty for a long time will be condemned to continue to live in poverty.

“Increasing Newstart and Youth Allowance which have not had an increase in real terms since 1994 would significantly help people struggling to try to make ends meet, and is one of the measures we need to take to address poverty.

“Since 2012, the Liberal and Labor parties have received over $100 million from corporations, while 1 in 3 of the largest corporations pay no tax at all. But… we can’t raise Newstart?

“There is clear evidence that increasing Newstart is socially and economically viable.

“There is no way to justify leaving people to live in poverty. There are simply not enough jobs to go around.”

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