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Parliament must act on permanent JobSeeker increase to stop $300 per fortnight cut for millions next month

With Treasury figures today showing effective unemployment is set to rise to 13% by the end of the year, the Australian Council of Social Service is calling on the Government to put in place a permanent, adequate JobSeeker rate...
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Millions face income losses as JobSeeker supplement reduced and anxiety about future remains

Today’s decision to reduce the JobSeeker supplement will have a severe impact on millions of people, whose lives have been turned upside down by this pandemic, without providing any certainty about the future payment rate. Responding to the announcement today...
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ACOSS warns against the Government’s planned cuts to income support

Ahead of the Treasurer’s economic address tomorrow, the Australian Council of Social Service says the community strongly opposes the massive cuts to income support proposed by the Government in September, just a few months away. The Australian Council of Social...
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Treasurer states we need a decent social security safety net

In a National Press Club address today, Treasurer Frydenberg has stated that we must ensure “a safety net which is underpinned by a sense of decency and fairness”. The Australian Council of Social Service CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said: “We need...
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Poll shows majority support permanent JobSeeker fix

The majority of the community (57%) believes the JobSeeker payment should not be cut back down to the old Newstart rate, shows the national Essential Poll today, with 15% of respondents undecided. Australian Council of Social Service CEO Dr Cassandra...
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Senate Committee finds we must permanently increase income support

The Australian Council of Social Service welcomes the report of the Senate Inquiry into the Adequacy of Newstart. The Committee recommends that that the JobSeeker (formerly Newstart), Youth Allowance and Parenting Payments be increased once the Coronavirus Supplement is phased...
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