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To: The Maribyrnong City Council

Increase to the Newstart payment

We did it comrades! The Maribyrnong Council was the 2nd Victorian council and the 12th nationally to support our calls for a $177 increase to the Newstart payment. The motion was carried unanimously (!)

Increase to the Newstart payment

We are calling upon the Maribyrnong City Council to support an $177 dollar increase to the Newstart payment for unemployed workers, bringing the payment into accord with the Henderson poverty-line.

Why is this important?

Newstart at $269 per week, 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. It would also reduce the strain on Council community services assisting the growing number of people experiencing hardship.

Eleven local councils in South Australia and Victoria have added their voices to the chorus of business, union and welfare groups which have called for Newstart to be increased. The South Australian councils which have passed motions are Adelaide, Clare and Gilbert Valley, Copper Coast, Kangaroo Island, Mount Gambier, Onkaparinga, Playford, Port Adelaide Enfield, Salisbury, and Streaky Bay. In Victoria, the Moreland City Council has also passed a motion.

The inadequacy of the Newstart payment entrenches poverty and contributes to homelessness. With the growth of gentrification and development in Melbourne's inner west the Newstart payment is no longer providing the means for Maribyrnong's working-class and migrant population to live in the area.

The Maribyrnong City Council should support the motion to increase Newstart and protect the area's identity as being one of the most diverse and accessible places to live in Melbourne.


Reasons for signing

  • As I get 700 per fortnight and 690 of that is my rent.I would love to try and get some work.But its hard when you have slipped disc in your back and a stuffed knee, and on anti depressants. And have been knocked back a few times for DSP.
  • Forced out of my 7 day a week job that I had for 10 years and employer fined so child support can get $16 per fortnight for 4 children. Now on newstart for the last 8 years due to the fact I got a criminal record from CSA court action over the $16
  • The government needs to stop lining their pockets with the money that could be helping us. 'There's no room in the budget to increase the welfare, it's too expensive' Let me translate that 'Sorry, that will take my play money away from me, I don't want to lose my play money' there are some working Australians that expect their taxes to help others who are trying so hard to find work but CAN'T

Updates

2018-06-02 01:07:10 +1000

100 signatures reached

2018-04-25 22:54:36 +1000

Petition is successful with 99 signatures

2018-04-10 16:27:56 +1000

50 signatures reached

2018-04-10 12:25:15 +1000

25 signatures reached

2018-04-09 17:40:42 +1000

10 signatures reached