We can’t turn back to $40 a day

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Statement of Support

The continuing COVID-19 health and economic crises have led to more people than ever before struggling to find paid work.

The Australian Government has supported people without paid work by lifting JobSeeker and other income support payments, helping them cover the cost of the basics through the immediate crisis.

Now, as we confront what will be a long-term economic downturn, we cannot turn our backs on those who are at risk of being left behind.

We cannot turn back to the brutality of people without paid work struggling to survive on the old Newstart rate of $40 per day.

This is not enough to live, let alone to cover the basics, including housing, food (especially fresh food), transport, bills, medical and health care needs.

That’s why we are calling for a permanent and adequate increase to JobSeeker, Youth Allowance and related payments to cover the basics, so everyone can put a roof over their head and food on the table.

We support the thousands of voices calling on the Australian Government to Raise the Rate For Good.

To get through this crisis, we need to have each other’s back so that everyone has access to the basics to rebuild their lives.

Working together, We Can Support Each Other!

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