It’s time to increase Newstart.
At just $40 a day, the rate of Newstart is too low.
In fact, Newstart is so low that it’s acting as a barrier to finding work and it’s pushing people into poverty.
But Scott Morrison and his Liberal National Government continue to demonise Newstart recipients and refuse to raise Newstart.
Labor is calling on the Government to increase Newstart. It’ll deliver relief from poverty, help people get into work, provide effective economic stimulus and boost jobs.
International organisations like the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development say that Newstart is so low that it is a barrier to employment.
Experts also say that vulnerable people are twice as likely to have a long-term health condition, twice as likely to suffer from chronic illness and on average will die three years earlier than other Australians.
The low rate of Newstart is also exacerbating the homelessness crisis in Australia. For Australians on Newstart, the stress caused by worrying about paying the bills and keeping a roof over your head is constant.