Imagine if we had 1.5 million people in the campaign?
On 10 December, the Government passed legislation that cut the Coronavirus Supplement from 1 January and extended it to 28 March. It’s devastating news for millions receiving the Coronavirus Supplement, including 1.5 million people on JobSeeker and 1 million children living in households that depend on income support.
This festive season will be a deeply anxious and lonely one for many, especially those who are new to the income support system and don’t yet know there is a grassroots community standing together, fighting together. A community of people with lived experience and our families and friends, as well as community service workers, medical professionals, advocates, politicians, economists, business leaders and academics.
Help us reach out to everyone who is affected by the Christmas cut and let them know about Raise the Rate for Good.
Imagine if we had 1.5 million people in our campaign? Send a message directly to three friends \asking them to join the campaign. You could use text, email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp – whatever you can! You can also share the images below.
Please tag the Prime Minister and Treasurer on social media so they know we’re a movement they can’t ignore and we’re only growing stronger:
What should I say?
The most powerful thing you can do is share your story. Share your experiences or experiences of people you know about what life was like on the brutal old Newstart rate of $40 a day, and what the increased rate meant to you.
Other key points you might want to include:
- This Christmas is going to be a really hard one for millions, with record-high unemployment and 1.5 million people projected to be on JobSeeker in December.
- More than one million children will be impacted by the Government cuts to the Coronavirus Supplement at Christmas time.
- There is currently only one job vacancy available for every 11 people without paid work or enough paid work, with even less in regional areas.
- This will hurt the country’s economic recovery. Retailers are bracing for a slow holiday season, following a tough year. Those on lowest incomes spend every dollar in their local economy so this cut is taking money directly out of the economic recovery.
- Deloitte Economics projected that the September cuts to the Coronavirus Supplement would cost the national economy $31.3 billion and 145,000 jobs over the next two years and further cuts in December would only make it worse.
- The best way to stimulate the economy and to support those hardest hit by the pandemic recession is to put in place a permanent, adequate rate of JobSeeker to give people and businesses the certainty they need to recover.
- People struggling to find paid work are facing a deeply uncertain future because the Government has not ruled out going back to the brutal old Newstart rate of just $40 a day at Christmas time.
- This deep uncertainty is wreaking havoc on people’s mental health and leaving them to face impossible decisions about whether they’ll be able to afford to live in their homes next year. An increased base rate will help avert the mounting homelessness, mental health and domestic violence crises.
- To rebuild their lives, people need certainty that we will never turn back to the brutality of $40 a day. This is why we need a permanent increase to the base rate of JobSeeker that means people can cover the basics – housing, food, bills, and transport.
What are we asking for?
We need a permanent and adequate increase to JobSeeker, Youth Allowance and other income support payments that give people the security to rebuild their lives from this crisis.
An increase to the base rate of JobSeeker of $185-$275 per week would allow people to cover the essentials, recognising that many people needed every dollar they were receiving when the government doubled income support. This would also bring payments to a higher level than where they currently are, as there is no question that the current payment rates are not enough. There must be additional support for people in private rental, people with disability or illness and people with family caring responsibilities.