Monday, 25 June 2012

C'mon, Aussie, come on! Support a fair go, a fair crack of the whip, a fair suck of the sauce bottle for all of us.

The Greens are endeavouring to get an Inquiry into Newstart, Australia's unemployment benefit scheme, up and running.  Read their briefing paper below.

Australia has, for at least the last forty years, supported a living income for unemployed people.  However, it is dwindling and the gap is widening between Newstart and other forms of social security.   The Greens suggest that the declining value of the Newstart income support may actual be hindering the ability of people to apply successfully for work.  My view is that if Australia does not provide meaningful social inclusion and income support for its people, particularly for those who need to be in work, we are going down the American path of foodstamps and little or no support in many social fields.  C'mon, Aussie, come on! Support a fair go, a fair crack of the whip, a fair suck of the sauce bottle for all of us.

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