Time until the government drops JobSeekers to $44 a day
Amount people will have to live on after essential costs
$44 A DAY IS NOT ENOUGH TO LIVE ON
The Morrison Government’s so-called increase to the JobSeeker payment of $50 a fortnight amounts to an extra $3.57 a day.
The Government says this act of astonishing cruelty is necessary for the budget – while giving $325 billion in tax breaks to people who don’t need it, including billionaires.
1.5 million people on the JobSeeker payment and Youth Allowance will be forced to live on just $44 a day – far below the poverty line. If we want people to be able to eat, clothe, and house themselves, they need $80 a day.
Poverty is a political choice – and the Government has decided to line the pockets of billionaires with tax cuts, while forcing millions of Australians into poverty.
They chose to lift people out of poverty when the COVID crisis began. They are now choosing to condemn people to just $44 a day in the middle of a recession due to a global pandemic.
This will mean people go without meals, without medication, without the funds to pay for heating or cooling and may lose their homes.
People should not be going without meals and medication in a country as wealthy as Australia.
This is a cruel decision, not based on evidence about what is best to support people to find work nor what is best for the economy.
There are more than 1.5 million Australians currently looking for work in a job market with only 192,000 vacancies. There simply aren’t enough jobs to go around. The Government’s continued denial of this is disgraceful.
There is very clear evidence that the income support system itself is acting as a key barrier to employment because of the inadequate payment rates that force people into poverty.
This Government has a sick obsession with blaming people for not having a job in the midst of a recession and a pandemic.
It should not be Government policy for people to live below the poverty line on just $44 dollars a day.
The Greens support all unemployed workers and will not stop campaigning until we have an increase to JobSeeker that is over the poverty line.
The Australian Greens acknowledge that First Nations peoples are the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land we call Australia. We know this land was stolen and that sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.
Authorised by R. Siewert, The Australian Greens, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600.