MEDIA RELEASE - MORE RUMBLES IN THE GOVERNMENT ON NEWSTART - SUNDAY, 28 JULY 2019

MORE RUMBLES IN THE GOVERNMENT ON NEWSTART


Deepening divisions in the Government are heaping more pressure on Scott Morrison to finally acknowledge Newstart is too low, and do something about it.

Today, former Minister for Social Service, Paul Fletcher, refused to deny reports he intervened to prevent a Parliamentary Inquiry recommending an increase in Newstart.

This comes after the Chair of that Inquiry, Liberal MP Russel Broadbent, called publically for Newstart to increase.

It also follows reports today that the Nationals are undertaking modelling into the jobs and economic benefits a boost to Newstart would deliver for regional areas.

After six years of inaction, the Liberals and Nationals are running out of excuses.

Scott Morrison is increasingly out of touch with the community – who understand that Newstart is so low people can’t afford the clothes, transport and basics they need to get back into the workforce.

Scott Morrison needs to listen to former leaders and his own backbench – with John Howard, Russell Broadbent, Dean Smith, Arthur Sinodinos, John Hewson and Barnaby Joyce all calling for an increase to Newstart.

Voices in the community have also been loud and clear including ACOSS, the Business Council of Australia and the Reserve Bank.

Newstart is too low – it’s so low that people are being pushed into poverty and its preventing them from getting work.

SUNDAY, 28 JULY 2019