Raise the Rate of Newstart

Could you live on $40 a day?

Our social safety net should ensure people can afford a roof over their head and food on the table when they are unable to support themselves. People locked out of paid work, carers, parents, and students are being forced to choose between eating a meal and paying the rent, or buying shoes for their children and maintaining their health.

$40 per day is too low to give people the support they need to get through tough times and into suitable, paid work. Newstart has not increased in real terms in 25 years and has failed to keep up with the rising costs of living. 

Raising the Rate of Newstart and related payments is the first step toward mending our social safety net, ensuring there is a roof over every head and a meal on every table.

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