Increase the Newstart payment by $75 per week

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Michael Hill
Michael Hill signed this petition

Please increase the Newstart unemployment benefit for single mothers and fathers by at least $75 per week. The Newstart allowance has not increased in real terms since 1997 when John Howard put a freeze on it. Now even he is calling for an increase.

Currently the National unemployment rate is 5.2% but is 6.8% in Tasmania, and the underemployment rate 8.3%. As you well know we will never have full employment no matter how many times you say the answer is to get a job. You are struggling to bring the unemployment rate  below 5% so there will always be a percentage that is unable or simply not capable of getting a paid job. Why don’t you just accept the reality and show some compassion for those people in our society who, through no fault of their own, have ended up in the too-hard basket and are really doing it tough.

There has been a lot of talk about homelessness and how to fix that problem, but if you were paying enough benefit for people to afford to rent a home, be able to heat it and clothe themselves they would be more able to face the world and possibly find a job. I know they can apply for rent assistance but in today’s market that is a mere drop in the ocean.

Bob Hawke famously said back in 1987 that no child in Australia would be living in poverty by 1990.  It is now 2019 and it is estimated over 731,000 children in Australia are living in poverty. This is simply unacceptable. So maybe instead of waking up each day thinking up ways to make these poor people’s lives more difficult, you could think about the children that are suffering because of your choices.

It has been proven that poverty impacts negatively on mental health and increases the risk of suicide.

Please  increase the Newstart/Jobsearch Allowance by $75 per week now!

Yours sincerely

Linda Hannah