MEDIA RELEASE - SENATE CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO BOOST NEWSTART - WEDNESDAY, 24 JULY 2019

SENATE CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO BOOST NEWSTART


This afternoon the Senate passed a motion calling on the Government to increase Newstart.

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

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

If Barnaby Joyce is prepared to speak up for people living on Newstart in the regions, why won’t Michael McCormack?

Out of the 20 electorates with the most people on Newstart, 12 are in the regions. And the Government represents 11 of those 12.

This should be core business for the Nationals.

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

WEDNESDAY, 24 JULY 2019