Older Australians are the new face of unemployment

The Age Pension base rate looks good next to Newstart rates.

Senate to debate Newstart bump

On Monday, the Senate will debate the Greens Senator Rachel Siewert’s private member’s bill to increase Newstart and Youth Allowance by $75 a week.

“It’s the fifth bill to increase Newstart I have introduced in my 14 years in Parliament,” Senator Siewert wrote in Junkee.

“Private member’s bills can be powerful, which is one of the reasons the major parties are expending so much energy trying to justify why they can’t support my bill instead of acknowledging that people on Newstart deserve more support.”

Countless older Australians may also say “why should we care about a bill that will mostly only affect younger people”.

These same people – aged 55 and over – may be interested to know that they will be the biggest beneficiaries of such a bill passing.

In fact, as the Age Pension age has risen, so too, has the number of unemployed older Australians. Social Services data confirms there are now 183,943 people aged 55 and over receiving Newstart payments.

The lowest age bracket receiving Newstart is the youngest, with just 62,526 people aged between 21 and 24 on the dole.

The Newstart benefit – $555 a fortnight – is a far cry from the full-Age Pension, which is $926.20 including supplements.

“Despite being the second wealthiest country in the world, poverty rates in Australia have remained entrenched at a high level, with three million people living below the poverty line. People in our community are denied dignity when they are forced to live on $40 a day for years and years, because the jobs are simply not there,” wrote Ms Siewert.

YourLifeChoices constantly reports on the plight of age pensioners living on $66 a day, but Newstart recipients live on $39 a day. The Age Pension must look good to Newstart recipients approaching pension age. Turning 67 for these people is the equivalent of getting a 40 per cent pay rise.

Gone are the days of stereotyping Newstart recipients as idle young ‘stoners’ too lazy to get off the couch or drag themselves away from their video games to find a job.

The new face of unemployment belongs to a mature-age worker.

And it’s not the sheer number of older people on Newstart that’s disturbing, it’s the length of time over-55s have to stay on Newstart – an average of 188 days.

“Older Australians who are out of work will retire into poverty and housing insecurity because of the difficulties they face getting back into work,” wrote Ms Siewert.

Almost eight in 10 (78 per cent) of those surveyed in the YourLifeChoices Friday Flash Poll: Age Pension or Newstart increase – which one should be a priority? said Newstart should be increased.

Even economists agree, that although a $10 a day increase would cost the Government around $3.3 billion, the economy would benefit.

“Of that direct cost of $3.3 billion, because it’s going to people who will basically spend every cent ... it tends to have a bigger boost to the size of the economy than some other things do,” said chief economist at Deloitte Access Economics Chris Richardson.

Ms Siewert is fighting for this increase and will keep fighting until she gets it over the line.

“I will keep introducing private member’s bills and putting motions to Parliament until we get an increase to Newstart. This is not a political game; this is about people’s lives.”

Do you think Newstart payments should increase?

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    East of Toowoomba
    22nd Jul 2019
    10:25am
    Yes I agree. Generally the older you are when you become unemployed, the harder it is to find the next job and it is often a step down from the last job. Happened to me when I had to become a cleaner for 6 months or so before I could get back into administrative work on a part time basis after turning 56. Two days in the office paid as well as 5 half-days of cleaning toilets and floors.

    The prime minister recently said 99% of people on Newstart usually receive other benefits as well. As a mature aged person without dependents and a homeowner, I didn't receive any other payments to top up my Newstart, and I believe that would be the case for most people aged 55+. The dole just covered my living expenses but I had to tighten the belt and make some major adjustments to my budget in order to do so.
    TREBOR
    22nd Jul 2019
    10:59am
    That 'other benefits' would be family allowances etc... nothing in it for the older unemployed.

    One prime benefit to the PM/Party and their carpetbagger mates is that youngies are seeing the example of what happens to the older workers on a regular basis, and they are thus motivated to stay in line etc.

    Sure long overdue for an overhaul of this country - in many ways.
    TREBOR
    22nd Jul 2019
    11:46am
    .. or generally the very young - who actually receive less ..... (sorry, guys - left the kids out)...
    MICK
    22nd Jul 2019
    5:39pm
    What people miss is that retirees are living the POLICY. Given the repeated attacks on retirees by our big business government most of us would understand that its no accident. Its class war.
    If the top end of town had a benefit in this then all retirees would have a fair lifestyle, but the top end of town is NOT, I repeat NOT, in the pension system. They have all their own bells and whistles so the rest of the retirement community can go live in poverty.
    Right wing economist Chris Richardson publicly stated recently that our pension system is "NOT GENEROUS". There should no debate about this other than vested interests and those who have limited intellectual ability to discern the facts from the lies.
    Farside
    23rd Jul 2019
    5:59pm
    when Chris Richardson said the pension is not generous, it was in the context the OECD said "... public spending on pensions is low and expected to remain low. Public expenditure on pensions is currently 4% and will be 4% in the 2050s versus 9% and 10% for the OECD. Financial sustainability of the pension system therefore seems to be less of a concern in Australia than in many other OECD countries. Three-quarters of the older population (65+) receives an Age Pension (safety net) compared to roughly a quarter on average for OECD countries with safety net or minimum pensions."
    Not a Bludger
    22nd Jul 2019
    10:52am
    No.
    TREBOR
    22nd Jul 2019
    11:00am
    Please explain?
    inextratime
    22nd Jul 2019
    1:42pm
    NAB - Could you be a bit less vague please ?
    Triss
    22nd Jul 2019
    1:51pm
    What does that cryptic comment mean, NAB? Nice One, Nitric Oxide, No Offence...
    Rosret
    22nd Jul 2019
    3:05pm
    Agreed NAB. No.

    At the moment it is being used as a form of slave labour.

    Whoever requires a human resource should be required to pay the award wage for that particular need. Just like the jobs that can be bid for online, just like the predominance of casual work and "child" labour we are doing our many sectors of the community a disservice.

    We have a three stream income level in Australia. The working poor, the middle income earners and the elite high earners.

    It is imperative we find a method of helping the working poor to be lifted out of this downward spiral.

    Apparently the trucks in the mines can now be operated remotely from the comfort of a southern state home office. Then it occurred to me that it wouldn't be long before it could be outsourced to our northern neighbours instead.

    Perhaps we need to be looking at an automation tax to pay the increasing population who are being left deskilled and unemployable. So the bank teller replaced by the ATM, the supermarket check out employees replaced by scanners, the dish washer replaced with plastic cups etc etc. Ultimately the machines need to pay tax for the salary they earn???
    Rae
    22nd Jul 2019
    3:12pm
    We need a transaction tax as well as a tax on machines. Slow the speculation down a bit.
    Not a Bludger
    22nd Jul 2019
    5:12pm
    To All,

    No - is a determiner which in English is absolutely precise as to it’s meaning.
    No if, buts or maybes with this word.
    Rowena
    22nd Jul 2019
    10:53am
    Yes, absolutely agree. My thoughts go to a couple I know (aged 55 and 54) who were both made redundant from their jobs last year. One of them is thrilled to be starting a new job in retail, which had hundreds of applicants for just three positions. Even with three shifts per week, she'll earn at least $100 more per week than the Newstart allowance, and her husband has picked up some relief work. This couple are still paying off a mortgage, for a while they thought they would have to sell their home and rent. Destabilizing people's security in their 50s and 60s doesn't help them or our community as a whole. $75 extra per week would have gone a long way to allay stress and worry while they were looking for work over the last year.
    Thanks go to Rachel Siewert for perservering with presenting this bill, until it is passed. Let's hope it gets through this time!
    TREBOR
    22nd Jul 2019
    11:06am
    Something else that needs to be addressed is the compulsory winding down of cash and assets - typical short-term thinking of the slave owner in operation there. When a person ifs forced to wind down cash and assets before getting any unemployment relief, all that does is postpone their relying on Social Security for a longer term in their working life, and thus makes them more vulnerable to becoming a 'pension only' retiree.

    When they have no cash, they lose 'opportunity' for that cash to advance into something, and when they wind down assets as well to survive, they need to re-stock those assets - all of which costs and then means they cannot have 'opportunity' to develop any meaningful retirement scheme... and that doesn't even take into account lost superannuation savings.

    The only criteria for receiving Unemployment Benefits under Social Security provision must be changed to that you be unemployed, without any strings attached.

    Stoopid is as stoopid does, sir....
    VeryCaringBigBear
    22nd Jul 2019
    11:08am
    Being made redundant they would not be eligible for Newstart until they had used up their redundancy money.
    jackie
    22nd Jul 2019
    11:21am
    Trebor, I agree that when a person becomes unemployed they should not have to be forced to live from their savings and wait till they run out to apply for NSA.

    NSA is supposed to help people find work and should be increased to the same as the pension because it costs money to look for work. The increase could help the older unemployed Australians who are sick and cannot get the DSP too.
    jackie
    22nd Jul 2019
    11:31am
    VeryCaringBigBear, Centrelink should take into account those redundant workers have high-cost living expenses such as car registration, mortgages, rents, petrol, internet, and etc.

    NSA is meant to help them cover expenses to look for work. The taxes they paid should entitle them to it immediately instead of making them live from savings and redundancy money.
    TREBOR
    22nd Jul 2019
    11:43am
    Exactly what I said, Big Bear - they lose opportunity to put that money to something that may enhance their future retirement etc.

    As Big Tony said when he was preparing to give his Northern Beaches etc mates with couple income up to $150k each PPL out of the taxpayer purse.. as has been the case in the public service for years, BTW... the bills don't go away because you stop work.

    Country's economy would stabilise at a lower rate if this mandatory dual income nonsense was done away with forever - and not just being added to every five minutes to suit couples, when it clearly works against singles. Without the MADIF (Mandatory Dual Income Family) in operation, house prices would fall and so would the demand pressure on wages etc .... and the economy might regain some simple sense...

    All governments ever do is sustain the current imbalances, the LNP because it suits their ideology to keep prices etc high, the ALP because its ideology says they 'need' to 'support' women in work (and high prices suit THEIR mates as well) - when the reality is that the entire economy and unemployment problems would vanish in an instant if women stayed home with their kids and weren't paid PPL and CS.

    Those are genuine Welfare - nothing to do with security in society... they already have jobs and should be personally budgeting for such things. Many CPS etc employees are on a very fine screw, thank you very much, and should be budgeting for family demands.
    Farside
    22nd Jul 2019
    2:29pm
    By all means the unemployed should spend their redundancy payments before claiming benefit but it is unreasonable they should also be required to spend down savings that have been accumulated from post-tax income. In the long run this serves nobody well.
    Farside
    22nd Jul 2019
    2:37pm
    I agree Trebor's notion of assumed dual incomes should be revisited so far as the singles or couples debate goes. I suspect if household income splitting was introduced we would see more job vacancies due to reduced workforce participation, less reliance upon family allowances and child care subsidies and a bunch of other benefits to the community and economy. Single income families has been a choice largely available to the well paid that many middle income households would like to avail themselves.
    Paddington
    22nd Jul 2019
    11:01am
    Apparently, in reality it is only one billion as explained on Insiders on Sunday.
    It is past time to raise it. However, LNP will fight against this happening tooth and nail.
    TREBOR
    22nd Jul 2019
    11:10am
    Agree whole-heartedly with the PM when he says (along with his fat mates living off the fattest in the land) that the best form of Social Security is a job... now all that fat lard-brain has to do is actually find those jobs instead of somehow accidentally losing them somewhere along the way, and then hiding that reality under the guise of 'XXXXXX jobs were created' (as if they had anything to do with that) while the net number of jobs did not change except downwards, and most 'new vacancies' were filled by job swappers anyway (since the riff-raff don't have current experience etc)....
    KSS
    22nd Jul 2019
    12:34pm
    Trebor what you conveniently forget to say is that the jobs that were created were full time and replaced temporary part time positions that were gained over the election period. Still don't let the truth get in the way of a good abusive rant as usual.
    Captain
    24th Jul 2019
    8:26pm
    Post Mortem, oops I mean Prime Minister Morrison today ruled out any increase in the New Start Allowance, but he and his fat cat political mates are quite happy totake a wage rise and tax cuts that bring in thousands of extra dollars per year.

    This is the new fundamental Christianity, I look after mine and stuff the rest. J C would be in our Parliament House in a flash to turf out the money hoarders enmass.
    Big Kev
    22nd Jul 2019
    11:12am
    It is so important to improve Newstart of all ages. I know young people who have to live 3 to a house but have a total of $150 for food and utilities. They dont have extra income despite what govt says. Used to be two to a house but as Newstart frozen now 3.Also they have made access to Disability Service Payment virtually impossible. This is not Disability pension but slightly higher Newstart for people with Chronic health conditions. Now their condition must be stable although definition of these conditions is chronic and often deteriorating. They can't work but are forced to apply for jobs. Even job providors are sending them away for three months reviews as they know they can't work. But this Gov't screws them over on the little extra payment that could cover medication and health treatments.
    leek
    22nd Jul 2019
    11:48am
    Well said Big Kev. My daughter is living the 3 to a house share. I have met young couples who share with other young couples. , there can even be 3 couples in 1 house. The problem is the cost of housing. I met a single mum with 2 kids who is paying $700 a week in rent for a house in Mount Waverley(VIC). She has a job etc. but is doing it tough. the cost of utilities and housing is hurting everybody in the big cities- where the majority of the jobs are. So it is a No win situation almost for most people.
    libsareliars
    22nd Jul 2019
    12:39pm
    Agree entirely Big Kev - it's a disgrace.
    Farside
    22nd Jul 2019
    2:45pm
    leek, your Mt Waverley renter should have a hard chat with the agent as there are much less expensive options for her out there. For that price you can rent a good quality family home in a better suburb with garden maintenance thrown in.
    dolbt60
    22nd Jul 2019
    11:27am
    its just a disgrace for a wealthy country to treat the 55 to 65 years if age to live on the New start allowance given however or try living on the special benefit
    Sorry to say it will never change it is all talk sad but true what a shame for this lovely country people living on the streets
    Thoughtful
    22nd Jul 2019
    11:29am
    The change in philosophy required for this country to survive economically moving forward. When the country falls we all do - even the wealthy.
    Farside
    22nd Jul 2019
    2:47pm
    This is one of the best comments seen on here for a while.
    SuziJ
    22nd Jul 2019
    11:30am
    The older a person is when they have to rely on the Newstart payment, the more they 'should' be receiving.

    My carer has just been 'kicked off' the Carer Payment (same pay rate as the DSP & Age Pension) back to Newstart after over 9 years on the Carer Payment. That's a $360 per fortnight difference!!! So much for a generous amount. A $75 per week will take some of the sting out of the drop.

    My carer now has to find a job when he's 61 and still on 24/7 call for me. How's he supposed to work 25 - 30 hours per week when he's still looking after me 25 - 30 hours per week. That's 50 - 60 hours per week of work! Since when did we go back to pre WW2 hours?

    My carer is not in the best of health, and he's not in any way eligible for the DSP. Sickness Benefits pay the same as Newstart which is absolutely wrong!!!
    jackie
    22nd Jul 2019
    11:45am
    SuziJ, this government is so mean and petty. Your carer has saved the government so much money in looking after you for those nine years. It's disgusting that this government keeps taking from our poor to support the greedy.

    Your carer does not have to do all that stuff. Here is the link to prove it. All should be fine. Take care dear.

    http://guides.dss.gov.au/guide-social-security-law/3/2/10/30
    TREBOR
    22nd Jul 2019
    11:52am
    Exactly - work it out - the ex's daughter works in home car (paid) - brings in a couple of grand plus a week.... double that to cover the costs of the service provider, and likely $60 an hour.... or more....

    Kind of compares poorly with the carer allowance of $130 a fortnight, eh? And that's genuine full-time.... day and night seven days a week - so even if it's 8 hours a day - that's still 56 a week - so $130/56 = $2.32 an hour for all services (massage @ $2.32 an hour - good-o - you find that one outside... car driver for everything @ $2.32 an hour..... and so on and so forth)......

    Lowest $30 an hour - at least double that for the provider's costs:-

    https://mable.com.au/find-home-care/?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=671061814&utm_content=331943753428&utm_term=home%20care&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIr6vbgLXH4wIVgoBwCh1r4gCSEAAYAiAAEgI3CvD_BwE
    leek
    22nd Jul 2019
    1:20pm
    SuziJ Why was your carer kicked off the Carers payment? is 25-30 hours a week not enough time to be looking after you?
    Was there a review or something like that?. If your carer lives with you, then he is there enough to be looking after you I would have thought.
    sunnyOz
    22nd Jul 2019
    1:50pm
    SuziJ - and in this mornings local rag, is a story of how taxpayers are forking out $1.3 MILLION to pay for one child in around the clock government care. That's right - $1.3 MILLION!!! - for ONE year!! Works out at $148.40 per hour.
    I cared for my elderly aunt for nearly 2 years (she was the one who practically raised me). But - because I lived opposite her home, not IN her home, I could not claim the Carer's Pension. I am single, no partner to help out, so I too had to eat into my super to survive to help live, and pay my mortgage.
    So much inequality and stupid 'rules and hoops' to jump through! No wonder so many parents at their wits end end up handing their children - often with illness - over to the government as financially they are destroyed.
    KB
    22nd Jul 2019
    4:01pm
    SuziJ Your carer is entitled to a second review.
    KB
    22nd Jul 2019
    4:01pm
    SuziJ Your carer is entitled to a second review.

    22nd Jul 2019
    12:04pm
    This is the reason that people who vote for the Greens, Independents or minor parties are wasting their vote. None of the private bills put up by Siewert have been successful and can be branded as political stunts. If a proposal is considered worthwhile, perhaps lobbying the government of the day would be more beneficial. In regard to an increase in Newstart for older people, I agree that those over 50 should have an increase in the payment.

    Whether we like it or not, those over that age suffer from ageism and find it very difficult to find suitable work. We are told that 2/3rds of those on Newstart will find employment within 12 months but what is needed is a breakdown of the ages of those in the 1/3rd residue. It's my belief that most of that group will be over 50. So, how do we address this? Perhaps anyone who is unemployed after 12 months on Newstart could qualify with the proviso that an agreed number of positions have been applied for within the 12 months.
    TREBOR
    22nd Jul 2019
    12:47pm
    I wouldn't call it wasting a vote - a drip of water will remove a stone hearted politician eventually.....
    TREBOR
    22nd Jul 2019
    12:51pm
    I long ago mooted a 'triage' system for unemployed (all else being equal etc but not according to the tenets of EEO) -

    Category 1. those who've been unemployed for twelve months or longer and are in a single living situation.

    Category 2. Those who've been unemployed for twelve months or more and are in a couple situation.

    .. and so on.......

    Hard times call for hard measures..... time for a government with balls to stand up and make the genuinely hard decisions and not just the ones that suit its ideology.... such as the LNP telling the unemployed to get stuffed....

    Somebody explain to me how that lot got back in.. again.. I'm still not clear on how that happened....
    Farside
    22nd Jul 2019
    3:01pm
    A recent analysis showed the average length of time on Newstart for those over 50 was around 170 weeks. Think about it, the average is reduced by those moving onto the pension, excludes those ineligible for Newstart and is an average. It's worth remembering half the older working population on Newstart are there for much longer.
    Anonymous
    22nd Jul 2019
    4:19pm
    Bit harsh, Bob, the government hasn't told the unemployed to get stuffed, that's your view. By the same token, Labor promised to have a review into Newstart which is another way of saying "get stuffed" if you will.

    You may recall how Howard dealt with older unemployed; he put all of them on the DSP and left them there until the eligibility for an age pension kicked in. It solved two problems, stopped the older unemployed from whinging to the media and also reducing the unemployment percentage.
    KSS
    22nd Jul 2019
    12:29pm
    So for older Australians, this support for an increase in Newstart is about self interest rather than altruism then.
    TREBOR
    22nd Jul 2019
    12:53pm
    More like self-preservation..... but let's continue on our merry way of putting those in their gloaming work years at the bottom of the pile so as to ensure they will be more reliant n the pension in retirement... the gloaming years being when they should be consolidating their life for retirement and not spending it all down to survive....

    I say hang ten sellout politicians a week until the rest get the message... and throw in a few modern managers as well..... country could afford to lose some of both categories.... for a start...
    libsareliars
    22nd Jul 2019
    12:33pm
    Of course Newstart payments should increase - it's a national disgrace that they are so low.
    Annick
    22nd Jul 2019
    12:52pm
    the criteria for Newstart is a joke. A man in his early 30's was made redundant when the firm he had worked for since leaving school, went belly up. As he was buying a house he paid the majority of his redundancy payment of his home loan, twhen applying for Newstart. He was told he would have to live of his redundancy payout till it was all gone. When he mentioned he had paid it of his home loan, Centrelink said tough. The person had to wait for 8 months to get any Newstart support. Lucky for family & friends. He did find another job but had to move states for it.
    older&wiser
    22nd Jul 2019
    1:15pm
    Annick - I myself was in similar situation. At age 64 - 18 months short of Aged Pension eligibility - I was made redundant with very small payout. Being single, and still with mortgage, paid towards my mortgage. But then could not get Newstart for nearly 4 months. For the next year plus, I had to dip into my super to pay the mortgage, so obviously now have minimal to no super. I have worked since I was 15, had 3 weeks off when I had my child (single parent), had to take around 7 years off work to care for elderly parent, then 18 months off work when my daughter was seriously ill, and always been in low paying, hard physical work. The chance of getting any type of job at 65 was beyond a joke - which I found out.
    It's either live off your meager payout, or lose your home. Any increase in Newstart would be good for current people - I wonder if it can be claimed retrospectively? (said tongue in cheek before anyone blasts me!!)

    22nd Jul 2019
    1:18pm
    Folks on Newstart also collect Rent Assistance, maximum around $138 f/night
    leek
    22nd Jul 2019
    1:26pm
    people with mortgages cannot get rent assistance. they are suffering as much as people renting if not more. The older people losing their jobs mianly have mortages. They get no help with that.
    Anonymous
    22nd Jul 2019
    1:35pm
    The rich rule over the poor and the borrower is slave to the lender and must repay. It is wise not to borrow, wise to OWE NOTHING. For even your bed shall be taken from under you if you cannot repay.
    Farside
    22nd Jul 2019
    3:05pm
    Proverbs 22:27
    inextratime
    22nd Jul 2019
    1:49pm
    I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. Without naming names there are plenty of work places where the efficiency levels are fairly low, but it does help to keep the unemployment numbers down. People out of work or on the pension spend most or all of it thereby circulating it back into the economy. So if you take into account that 90% of the Australian wealth is held by around 10% of the population what's so wrong with sharing it around a bit to alleviate poverty ?
    inextratime
    22nd Jul 2019
    1:49pm
    I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. Without naming names there are plenty of work places where the efficiency levels are fairly low, but it does help to keep the unemployment numbers down. People out of work or on the pension spend most or all of it thereby circulating it back into the economy. So if you take into account that 90% of the Australian wealth is held by around 10% of the population what's so wrong with sharing it around a bit to alleviate poverty ?
    Missskinnylegs
    22nd Jul 2019
    2:02pm
    This what I sent to Daily Telegraph and printed today 22 July 2019
    "Sure - increase Newstart but -- only for the over 50’s who have been turfed out of their jobs due to age discrimination and employers wanting to hire younger staff on lower wages. Over 50’s will still have higher living costs than the younger unemployed – such as mortgages, insurances of all kinds, maybe need a car to get to work, as well as supporting their family. Also, while we are on the topic of older workers, how about zero tax on salaries for those aged 65 and over (I am 71 and still working!) – we’ve paid more than our fair share – it’s about time we got something back!
    Triss
    22nd Jul 2019
    3:15pm
    It will be interesting to see what feedback you get, Missskinnylegs.
    sunnyOz
    23rd Jul 2019
    8:16pm
    MissSL - I do agree with you. Newstart should be increased for over 50's due to the almost impossibility of finding/getting another job. Not for younger ones as too many see it as a lifestyle choice. I know of 4 youngsters sharing a small place near Tweed Heads, all on Newstart, all know how to play the system, don't work, surf all day, no desire or incentive to get a job. Or will only work cash jobs. Mention getting a job to them and I got the answer 'why should we?' Many youngsters deliberately move to areas of high employment and there are no consequences. The govt did say this was being targeted, but haven't seen this being done.
    Pancake
    22nd Jul 2019
    2:41pm
    Surely the economic number experts can work out that a $10.00 a day increase will end up doubling or tripling itself in economic terms. Isn't this the same logic that was applied when the Government of the day a few years ago gave nearly everyone a $1,000 bonus to kick start the economy?
    Farside
    22nd Jul 2019
    3:08pm
    the economists are arguing for a significant lift in Newstart, as indeed are many others, but the Morrison government is deaf to it and kicked the tin down the road.
    Triss
    22nd Jul 2019
    3:10pm
    Government has given tax cuts to the wealthy, salary raises to politicians and judges...where do you think that money comes from? It comes from the pot containing pensions, Newstart, disability benefits etc.
    KB
    22nd Jul 2019
    3:54pm
    Cost of living keeps sky rocketing, Yes New Start does need to be increased fairly for young and older people. There
    are genuine young people who want to be employed
    KB
    22nd Jul 2019
    3:54pm
    Cost of living keeps sky rocketing, Yes New Start does need to be increased fairly for young and older people. There
    are genuine young people who want to be employed
    Cranky
    22nd Jul 2019
    9:12pm
    Increase the Aged pension by $75.00 a week not New Start. Most of the young people on New Start don't do anything to find a job and if you go to the shops on their day each fortnight you see them carrying cartons of alcohol away from the bottle shop. There was no such thing as New Start or any other allowance for that matter in my day, and if we didn't have a job our parents supported us. Give the aged pensioners a fair shake for what they did to make this country great - Max J
    Farside
    22nd Jul 2019
    10:28pm
    You must be real old Cranky Max since unemployment benefits have been paid in Australia since 1945. Why do you think pensioners are more deserving of an increase than the not so young people who find themselves on Newstart, which is already a fraction of the pension? At least pensioners have had a lifetime to accumulate savings and even so find themselves needing financial support because they have insufficient savings. And what should young people without parents to support them do i the absence of Newstart?
    sunnyOz
    23rd Jul 2019
    8:23pm
    Cranky - I agree with you. I live near a job support house for under 25's, and no matter when I drive past they are outside smoking, drinking power drinks, always with bags of takeaway from allot of local outlets. Saw one of them at my local supermarket buying a PACK of 10 carton's of cigarettes. I also support the Cashless Debit Card for those on Newstart. Newstart should not be available to buy alcohol, cigarettes, drugs.
    Cranky
    22nd Jul 2019
    9:12pm
    Increase the Aged pension by $75.00 a week not New Start. Most of the young people on New Start don't do anything to find a job and if you go to the shops on their day each fortnight you see them carrying cartons of alcohol away from the bottle shop. There was no such thing as New Start or any other allowance for that matter in my day, and if we didn't have a job our parents supported us. Give the aged pensioners a fair shake for what they did to make this country great - Max J
    Happy
    22nd Jul 2019
    9:49pm
    My wife is nearing retirement age and volunteers over 30hrs per fortnight, she enjoys volunteering and will continue to do so after retirement. I am a part pensioner and my wife is on newstart. We find it tough going sometimes so an increase in newstart would be welcome. Without volunteers getting newstart a lot of organizations would close up as they would be unable to service the community
    Farside
    22nd Jul 2019
    10:30pm
    you're not wrong Happy but on the plus side at least you have a significant pay bump to look forward to when your wife retires.
    Anonymous
    23rd Jul 2019
    8:47am
    From 60 to the aged pension, doing volunteer work is good when getting Newstart, there is NO endless paperwork or reporting to do, every 3 months all they want to know is if you earned money the past fortnight.
    undead
    23rd Jul 2019
    1:04am
    the tory/ lib govt. is happy to pay landlords' mortgages (multiple times, eg. slumlords) the rent assistance available to a cohort of the unemployed BUT the unemployed with a mortgage get f*** all. class warfare on a massive scale


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