$35 a day, or $243 per week, is the Newstart Allowance.
There is already rumblings growing louder among Liberal National supporters about limiting the Newstart allowance to a set number of weeks (the original 99% – the 99 weeks of unemployment benefits), as they do in the USA, because that system has apparently been so successful for the United States jobs growth.
Reducing access to government assistance for the worse off while expanding taxpayer funded government benefits to the upper middle class and wealth does not make sense. This will not improve under an Abbott Government. After all, the funding for the Nannies For The Wealthy has to come from somewhere.
If you work, even 1 hour of paid work in a fortnight, you are assessed as being no longer unemployed. Not many people could feed their families on the pay from one hour work.
Next time a business shuts down and takes it jobs offshore, or the governments end
public waste, that is someone’s job that has just been abolished.
Think these people don’t deserve assistance? Consider these facts, as pointed out by ACOSS (Australian Council Of Social Service):
Far from the stereotype of a ‘lazy dole bludger’, most of the 575,000 people on Newstart Allowance are actually among the most disadvantaged people in Australia.
1 in 3 are over 45 years of age
1 in 6 have been assessed as only able to work part time due to a disability, including mental illness
1 in 10 are from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds
1 in 15 is a sole parent, needing affordable child care services and a job with family friendly hours
2 out of every 5 recipients has less than Year 12 qualifications
60% have received unemployment payments for over a year, and 25% for over 3 years
And with 50% of the tax base in this country coming from PAYE workers, when the work force shrinks so does the revenue that goes to government – the result is services get slashed. Cutting Newstart will not get people back into employment, it will only further increase their poverty, further reducing their chances of finding paid employment.
Supporting people until they find work provides benefits to entire communities, as it increases the money they spend in their local area, which helps small and local businesses.
oh how will the nation be able to afford private nannies if there is no one paying their taxes?
text by @redglitterx