- Protect our land and water from mining.
- Honesty and integrity in politics
- Local jobs
- People before profits
- Improved heath and education services.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Failure to boost Newstart would be an indictment on Labor

8 May 2013

The Australian Greens said today that anything short of a $50 per week increase to Newstart in next week's Federal Budget would be an indictment on Labor for their misguided priorities.

"It seems today the Government is softening up the ground for the fact next week's budget will not deliver for those people in our community doing it the toughest," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"Any moves to improve the taper rates for Newstart would be welcome, but in isolation they are not enough to help the people trapped on this payment. An increase in taper rates will not provide enough money to close the gap between the poverty line and the low rate of Newstart.

"People on Newstart are skipping meals and missing out on the absolute essentials, which is why a $50 per week increase is so important, and why we have legislation before Parliament to fix this inequity.

"Labor is putting the wishes of big business before the needs of the most vulnerable in our community by failing to fix the holes in the mining tax.

"Adjusting the taper rates to allow people to earn more each week is a small step towards improving this payment, but it won't change the fact that by keeping Newstart so low, the Government is condemning people into poverty.

"Of course, you need to be able to find work in the first place to be able to access any benefit from the taper rates.

"Only an increase in the base rate of Newstart will address the poverty that people currently living in," Senator Siewert concluded.

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