Tell Morrison: Raise Newstart now!
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?
 "Inequality 'not rising', says Liberal minister confronted by Newstart recipients", The Guardian, 29 October 2018.
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.
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.
SIGN THE PETITION: IT’S TIME TO RAISE NEWSTART!
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.