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Tell Morrison: Raise Newstart now!

Can you add your name to the petition demanding politicians to raise Newstart to lift people out of poverty?
People locked out of paid work should never be forced to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table or new school uniforms for their kids. Everyone has the right to live with dignity. Ordinary people can't find work when they can't even afford to pay rent, put food on the table or buy medication.

Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher denies the fact that inequality is rising in this country.1 Yet politicians can claim $181 daily just for meals, while people on Newstart only have $39 a day for all their basic essentials.

The current rate of Newstart is a national embarrassment. It's time for a social safety net we can be proud of. Raising Newstart is the first step to building the kind of society we want to live in.

Can you sign the petition calling on our politicians to stand with people doing it tough?

[1] "Inequality 'not rising', says Liberal minister confronted by Newstart recipients", The Guardian, 29 October 2018.
People locked out of paid work have to survive on just $39 a day. That's just $39 to cover groceries, medication, clothing, electricity, and rent.

In a recent nationwide survey of 67,000 rental properties, Anglicare Australia found only three properties were affordable for a single person reliant on Newstart. People can't be expected to find paid work, if they can't even afford to keep a roof over their heads.

This is in part because Newstart hasn't been increased in real terms for 24 years. No adjustments have been made to keep up with inflation, and the payment now sits well below the poverty line.

Meanwhile, corporate profits have soared, the cost of living has grown, and conservative governments have continued to weaken our social safety net.
Groups and representatives from across the political spectrum are now calling for an increase to Newstart, including The Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), St Vincent de Paul, The Salvation Army, The Anti-Poverty Network, the Australian Unemployed Workers Union (AUWU), Anglicare – even former Liberal leaders like John Howard and John Hewson agree the rate of Newstart is too low.
The Greens, independent Senators Tim Storer and Derryn Hinch, independent members Cathy McGowan and Andrew Wilkie, as well as the Centre Alliance have all recognised the need for an increase to Newstart.

Labor promises to carry out a 'root-and-branch' review and there is pressure from within the Party on Shorten to commit to an increase.

The Coalition has rejected the idea of reinforcing our social safety net.


To Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and our Senate:

People locked out of paid work should never struggle to put food on the table, or be forced to live in poverty.

We demand you raise Newstart and build a social safety net we can be proud of.

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