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To: Australia Local Government Association

Help Us Increase Newstart

Help Us Increase Newstart

We need you to help us pressure the Federal government to raise Newstart.

You can do this by publicly acknowledging that the low rate of Newstart is exacerbating poverty and homelessness and advocating in writing to the relevant federal government ministers and MPs that the Newstart Allowance be increased to the level of the Henderson Poverty Line.

As the representative body for councils across Australia, you have an important platform to ask for dignity for unemployed workers. You need to use it.

Why is this important?

At only $269 per week, Newstart is $177 per week below the poverty line. It is less than 41 percent of the minimum wage, less than 18 percent of the average wage, and has not been raised in real terms for 23 years.

Even the Business Council of Australia has advocated to the government that the low rate of Newstart presents a barrier to employment and risks entrenching poverty.

Increasing Newstart would benefit local economies, by increasing the spending power of those on low incomes, whose extra funds would circulate through local businesses.

Given that the average time spent on Newstart is more than four years, Newstart has become a one-way ticket to poverty for many unemployed people.

Its time to raise it.


Reasons for signing

  • Increasing job scarcity is the future due to off-shoring of manufacturing and automation in the workplace compounded by increasing immigration and annual school leavers. No way will job creation keep pace. Politicians of both major parties know this yet choose to victimize the unemployed as a "caste" who have no redress. Entitlements must be increased to the poverty line immediately and track this line into the future.
  • Newstart is keeping me in poverty like many others. Have chronic health conditions and I'm not sick enough for disability but not nearly fit enough for.full-time work. Can't always pay medical bills, no health insurance, no car, no credit, no savings, almost no super left, no hope! Just falling further behind all the time.
  • For many newstart is not a short term solution our government would like to 'brainwash' us into believing. I challenge our government leaders to survive on this meagre payment surviving on bread & chicken drumsticks. Constantly worrying about how to pay bills & so on. Stop punishing us cos we don't have a job. MANY do not choose to be on this pitiful payment. Raise to a more liveable & dignified standard. On newstart, you arn't living u r merely BARELY existing.


2018-02-26 18:38:22 +1100

500 signatures reached

2018-02-14 19:55:16 +1100

100 signatures reached

2018-02-09 20:26:48 +1100

50 signatures reached

2018-02-08 16:43:30 +1100

25 signatures reached

2018-02-08 15:17:26 +1100

10 signatures reached