We, residents of Australia, petition Monash City Council to note that the low rate of the Newstart Allowance is exacerbating poverty and homelessness and publically advocate in writing to the relevant federal ministers that Newstart be increased to the level of the Henderson Poverty Line.
Why is this important?
The maximum payment for Newstart (including Rent Assistance) is $343 per week, which is $173.99 per week below the Henderson poverty line. It is roughly 48% of the national minimum wage and has not been increased in real terms in 25 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.
For the purposes of the Commonwealth Electoral Act (1918), petitions on this website are authorised by L. Hilakari, VTHC, 54 Victoria Street, Carlton South. Please note that authorisation does not equal endorsement.