$44 A DAY IS INADEQUATE
More than 1.1 million people on JobSeeker and Youth Allowance are forced to live on just $44 a day – a payment far below the poverty line.
People looking for work are struggling to keep a roof over their heads, missing meals, and going without essential medications.
This should not be happening in a country as wealthy as Australia. If we want people to be able to eat, clothe, and house themselves, they need a payment of $80 a day.
Poverty is a political choice. The Government has decided to line the pockets of billionaires with tax cuts, while forcing millions of Australians into poverty.
There are more than 1.14 million people currently looking for work in a job market with only 243,500 vacancies. There simply aren’t enough jobs to go around.
The Government has a sick obsession with blaming people for not having a job. However, there is very clear evidence that the income support system itself is a key barrier for people to finding work due to the inadequate rates of payments.
The Greens support all unemployed workers and will keep campaigning for an increase to JobSeeker and Youth Allowance that is above the poverty line.
The Australian Greens acknowledge that First Nations peoples are the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land we call Australia. We know this land was stolen and that sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.
Authorised by R. Siewert, The Australian Greens, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600.