Call the Treasurer

WHO: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg
WHERE: Parliamentary Office: +61 2 6277 7340
WHEN: Friday 22 October 2021, 9am-5pm

Tips for calling

  • The most powerful phone calls are those spoken from the heart, talking about your own concerns and experiences – if you’re on income support and directly affected by low rates of payments, let the person answering the phone know.
  • Please be polite and courteous.

Here’s a suggested call script (but please say whatever you like!) 

  • Everyone should have a safe home and enough to cover the basics. But right now, people struggling to get by on the $45 a day Jobseeker rate are being forced to make heartbreaking decisions between paying their rent, putting food on the table, and paying their bills.
  • With the cost of housing soaring, and the demand for social and affordable rental properties outstripping supply, it’s never been harder for those on the lowest incomes to keep a safe roof over their head.
  • That’s why I’m asking The Treasurer to immediately increase JobSeeker and related income support to at least $67 per day, increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 50%, and make an urgent investment in social housing.

Why are we calling the Treasurer?
The massive increase in people struggling to get by on the totally inadequate Jobseeker rate has received widespread news and media coverage over the past few weeks.
And with the COVID Disaster Support Payments set to end, and just 1 job for every 6 people needing one, our Federal Government should be acutely aware of the worsening situation.
That’s why we need to seize this opportunity to turn up the heat on key decision makers. Together, with Anti-Poverty Week and Everybody’s Home we’ve been petitioning Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to increase Jobseeker and other income support payments and invest in social housing so that everyone can cover the basics and keep a safe roof over their head.
On Friday 22 October, our community is going to bring the message home loud and clear by saturating the Treasurer’s office with phone calls throughout the day, urging the Government to fix the social safety net and housing crisis.
Together, Raise the Rate for Good supporters can make sure the top priority issue on the Treasurer’s mind this Anti-Poverty Week is the urgent need to increase income support payments and adequately invest in social housing.

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