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Parliament must stand firm against expensive, ineffective, demeaning policies designed to distract from urgent need to increase Newstart

The Australian Council of Social Service is calling on the Parliament to resolutely block the Government’s demeaning, expensive drug-testing plan, and any attempt by the Government to expand the impractical cashless debit card. It was reported yesterday that the Prime Minister...
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Report that Government removed recommendation for Newstart increase alarming

The Australian Council of Social Service is alarmed by a report today that the Government intervened in a Parliamentary Inquiry to remove a recommendation to increase Newstart. ACOSS Acting CEO Jacqueline Phillips said: “It’s outrageous that a Government Minister would step...
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Raise the Rate of Newstart fact check

Do 99% of people on Newstart get other payments? Yes. They receive the $4.40pw Energy Supplement. Combined with Newstart, it takes single people’s weekly income to $282, or $40 a day. What about Rent Assistance? Only 40% of single people on Newstart...
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People on Newstart share stories with MPs as part of Raise the Rate Week of Action

People on Newstart and Youth Allowance will be meeting with their MPs during a national Week of Action this week as part of the Raise the Rate campaign, sharing their stories and calling on their MPs to immediately raise...
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RBA Governor acknowledges the benefits of an increase in Newstart, as a way to strengthen a slowing economy

Comments by the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia today confirm the importance of increasing Newstart in order to boost growth in the economy. In response to a question about the Newstart Allowance at a CEDA event in Adelaide today,...
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Raise the Rate forum in Lismore highlights issues of high unemployment in Page

(From the EchoDaily, see article here.) The Raise the Rate forum in Lismore last Friday, hosted by ACOSS (Australian Council of Social Service), had a range of participants that came together to discuss the challenges of living on $40...
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