Thankyou to all who popped in and out of our public meeting in Kalgoorlie this morning to share their lived experience on the Cashless Welfare Card. Overwhelmingly your experiences have shown just how punitive and ineffective this measure is.
I’ll be taking your experiences back to Canberra and asking questions of the Government in estimates.
Local councils are the closest level of Government to the community and they are seeing firsthand the devastating impacts that the current rate of Newstart is having on people trying to find work.
An increase to the payment would have an immediate positive impact on individual and community wellbeing as well as the local economy which local councils clearly understand, it is a shame that the Turnbull Government doesn’t get it.
Let's raise Newstart by $75 a week - greens.org.au/newstart