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To: Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Senator Anne Ruston

Social security must be above the poverty line

Social security must be above the poverty line

The Tasmanian Division of the Australian Unemployed Workers' Union calls upon the Australian Federal Government to immediately raise the base rate of ALL social security payments to AT LEAST the Henderson Poverty Line.

No Australian should be living in government-mandated poverty on our watch.

Why is this important?

Please join us by signing this petition to remind federal MPs that our voices matter and our votes count.

According to ABS statistics, as of December 2019 Australia’s total population was 25,522,169 people – as of July 2020, 5,854,105 were in receipt of a social security payment (2,556,017 age pensioners; 1,614,412 unemployed; 1,048,453 disabled people and carers; 335,455 parents; 299,768 students and trainees).

As of 2020 the base rates of all social security payments are below the poverty line, leading to personal hardship, deprivation and homelessness, as well as having a negative impact upon the economy.

Australia is a party to seven core international human rights treaties, including article 9 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR),9 yet is failing to ensure its citizens have the means to access essential health care, housing and food.

To find out more information about what the Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union is all about or to become a member visit

Reasons for signing

  • Typical Liberals have no conscience- they simple do not care, they seem to loathe the poor, disadvantaged, the aged as well as the disabled. This is why I never vote Liberal, and neither should anyone else!
  • if you care about the people leave it at 1100 . by putting it lower alot of people will go back to being stressed depression , hardships
  • I’m on dsp, it’s too low. Also you guys need to fight to abolish couples payments unless the partner is earning over $1000 per week then start deducting!!! A couple with one earning $1500 a fortnight, the DSP will only get $400 $1900 for two people a fortnight is not enough. Stop punishing disabled people


2020-09-14 14:08:29 +1000

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