Time for the government to act on crisis affecting one in four over-55s

Australia's peak welfare group is pushing for a $400 per month rise to Newstart payments.

middle aged man in a money crisis

Australia's peak welfare group is pushing for a $400 per month rise to Newstart payments.

Currently, Newstart recipients live on up to $270 a week.

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) says that the basic weekly cost of living is more than $460.

It is asking the government to consider increasing payments by $95 a week to help them cope with the rapidly rising cost of living.

And it’s not just young people who are affected by low payments, as around one in four Newstart recipients are over 55.

“While retirement incomes have improved since the rise in the Age Pension, many older people under the pension age are finding themselves out of paid work, often due to age discrimination,” said ACOSS chief Dr Cassandra Goldie. “The fastest growing group of people on Newstart is those aged over 55, particularly women, and they are struggling to get by on the paltry rate of $40 a day, which must be urgently increased.

“People struggling on social security know better than most about budgeting and don't need the federal government to teach them. $40 a day is simply not enough to get by.

“Our survey of people on Newstart found people were regularly having to skip meals and rely on cheap foods such as tinned food and porridge. People use electricity extremely sparingly – they report showering only once a week and only buying food that doesn't require refrigeration.”

However, the government says there is no need to increase Newstart because other forms of support are available. And while it concedes that rising living costs are putting the unemployed at a huge disadvantage, increasing the Newstart base rate would cost taxpayers billions.

It also argues that Newstart recipients can get other benefits, such as utility concessions.

And yet, the government seems content to keep looking after the top end of town. In November last year, a government report on the state of the nation’s retirement income system found that Australia’s wealthiest are given twice as much financial support as those on the lowest incomes.

ACOSS argues that the government could find the money to fund a Newstart boost, pointing out that the cashless welfare system it’s trying to push across the nation already costs thousands per person to administer. Most of this money goes to big banks. ACOSS also argues that the government could find tens of millions of dollars if it would only review the inequitable tax breaks for super contributions.

“People in paid work have long gone without pay rises and those looking for paid work are being trapped in poverty, without a real increase to Newstart in 25 years and with unemployment rising,” said ACOSS in a statement.

“[There is a] case for a well targeted fiscal stimulus package including an immediate boost to Newstart, investment in social housing construction and energy efficiency. Tax cuts and investment incentives are much less effective in boosting the economy per dollar spent and do little to assist those on the lowest incomes.

“We have been calling for Newstart to be raised for over a decade and in that time the cost of essentials has increased dramatically. In light of steep increases in housing and other essentials, we have updated our call for Newstart to be increased by $95 per week.

“Raising the rate by $95 per week will get Newstart working by allowing people to cover the basics, instead of being forced to skip meals, sleep rough and miss medication, which makes finding paid work even harder. The benefits of increasing Newstart would be felt in the economy immediately, particularly in regional and rural areas, including those affected by fires.”

The government remains steadfast in its defence of stagnant Newstart rates.

“I think what we should be focusing on is the one in three who have become long-term recipients of Newstart,” said MP David Littleproud.

“How do we engage them to get back into the workforce?”

Do you think Newstart should be raised? Is the government remiss in maintaining tax breaks for the wealthy over redirecting funds to the poor?

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Thogo
4th Feb 2020
9:46am
My son is on newstart we live in a large mid north coast town were jobs are rarely available. He has to work for his dole money but if he didn't live at home, where would he go.
The money he gets is not enogh for any one person to exist on.
Lets put every poli on the dole for a month.
Star Trekker
4th Feb 2020
10:24am
My daughter is on Newstart and I have to supplement it as she cannot afford to pay for some of her medication which is not on the PBS.
She tried getting the DSP but now the stupid rules have changed she does not qualify due to the way the Doctor wrote the letter for Centrelink.
Another $95 would cover her medication and allow her to live a little bit better.
tisme
4th Feb 2020
10:39am
what about those over 55 and under it on carer pittance of 1000.00 pf minus 700.00 rent etc we are workers thought not legally recognised as such. get one of those NDIS support workers to do what we do 168 hours a week and see how much that adds up to
Star Trekker
4th Feb 2020
10:46am
I am a Carer for 3 Adults. I get Couples rate of $703.50 plus 2 * $131.90 = $967.30
Travel costs to take everyone to Doctors appointments is my biggest peeve as public transport is a joke where I live and my family couldn't use it anyway.

4th Feb 2020
10:57am
All comments to date true... I'm a pensioner and a carer - the costs of the latter eat into my short funds. As tisme said - bring in the worker for 168 hours a week... see what it costs.

In between all this, the caree and I find time to do free fire victim relief work... out of our pockets... anyone able to pick up and run a caravan from Medowie to Kempsey for a burnt-out family? Take a truck... I can't tow it or use a car trailer...

4th Feb 2020
10:57am
Here we go again - 5th para says "particularly women".

Cannot we Socially, possibly get of the gender focus on women. Every Social issue has a focus to emphasise women. There is no Social balance.


Also "many older people under the pension age are finding themselves out of paid work, often due to age discrimination,” . Well that particularly impacts on men because men have to face opposition towards employment because of discriminatory delusions supporting quotas systemisation.
veepee
5th Feb 2020
2:38pm
I think 'particularly women' would be supported by the statistics.
Dave R
4th Feb 2020
11:10am
We need a government that works for the benefit of all people not just the benefit of the wealthy like this one does. Newstart is too low for sure and the requirements to get it are impossible to honestly meet in regional areas.
The reason so many are on Newstart is because of penny pinching by this government making the DSP almost impossible to get. While the DSP may have been too easy to get years ago that has now reversed and it's too hard so many unemployable people are left on the dole and attending disability employment services with no real chance of employment.
sainter
7th Feb 2020
11:13am
Your spot on Dave R,I am 64 in a couple of months I all ready have a impairment rating of 10 with one health issue and I am waiting for Centrelink to give me another impairment rating on another health issue,going to these disability employment services let me tell you at my age and with the health problems I have it is not something I would wish upon anyone.These disability employment services are what I describe as elder abusers,to put it plainly they are bullies that have been given the right by this Govt to make life as difficult as they can for people at my age and with health issues which to be frankly honest,they have no idea about the medical side of.So if your on the joke of a name NEWSTART like my self and your in your 60's but not able to get the aged pension yet and have health issues on top of it I absolutely know what people are going through,it's called HELL.
sainter
7th Feb 2020
11:13am
Your spot on Dave R,I am 64 in a couple of months I all ready have a impairment rating of 10 with one health issue and I am waiting for Centrelink to give me another impairment rating on another health issue,going to these disability employment services let me tell you at my age and with the health problems I have it is not something I would wish upon anyone.These disability employment services are what I describe as elder abusers,to put it plainly they are bullies that have been given the right by this Govt to make life as difficult as they can for people at my age and with health issues which to be frankly honest,they have no idea about the medical side of.So if your on the joke of a name NEWSTART like my self and your in your 60's but not able to get the aged pension yet and have health issues on top of it I absolutely know what people are going through,it's called HELL.
SuziJ
4th Feb 2020
11:26am
My ex (62), who's my carer was 'kicked off' the Carer Payment back in July last year, as Centrelink assessed him as not caring for me for over 40 hours a week to make him eligible for the payment any longer.

He's now living on Newstart and has lost his entitlement to free car registration and licence (in NSW). Now he has to pay for them on top of paying for his other everyday expenses, and on a paltry amount of around $300 per fortnight less than what I'm receiving on the DSP. He has to drive me to my appointments, and how can he do that if he doesn't have a car? There's very little public transport here, and it's not that reliable.

The other peeve is that he still has to attend his jobsearch provider, and if he didn't have a car then it could take him up to 2 hours to get there and back by public transport, on top of the time he's in his appointment. Then if he was able to get an interview, then he'd need his car to attend.

If he's 'supposed' to find 15 hours per week volunteer jobs, how on earth would he be able to maintain this with all the hours he still has to attend to me? He'd be working around 50 hours per week, which, in my understanding is way above the maximum hours a full-time employee would be expected to work - currently 38 hours per week!
KSS
4th Feb 2020
12:40pm
Given you are talking about your EX, there is absolutely no compulsion for them to be your carer. Clearly this is a choice they have made. And as always, there are consequences for the decisions we make.

I have little sympathy for the argument that to attend an interview would take two hours by public transport. Boo Hoo! There are literally millions of us that do that and more every day just to go to work - or indeed anything else including job interviews or attending Centrelink.

The other things you mention are all about your own convenience - it benefits you to have them as your carer - but clearly does not benefit them. So you have to ask, why do they do it? And geven though they choose to do so, they are also compelled to fulfil the requirements of claiming Centrelink payments like Newstart. You say you get more on the DSP so are you contributing to the car running costs you say they must have to drive you to appointments? If they weren't running you around they could probably manage without a car.
Increasing the Newstart allowance in this case will not change the circumstances you describe.

I am not unsympathetic to calls to raise the Newstart allowance (and especially for singles who are generally locked out of all these 'other benefits' open to those with kids for example) but it cannot be to fund choices people make in the way they live their lives.
Anonymous
4th Feb 2020
5:29pm
So we now need 'compulsion' to do what is 'right'?

I get Carer Allowance - $132 a fortnight... $66 a week....

40 hours? That's $1.53 one hour... a paid worker would cost about:-

Pay by the Hour Private In Home Care
Nursing Assistant / Caregiver Per Hour
Weekdays 6am – 8pm $62.00
Weeknights 8pm – 6am $67.50
Saturday $74.50
Sunday $88.00
Registered Nurse Care
Per Hour
Weekdays 6am – 8pm $95.00
Weeknights 8pm – 6am $120.00
Saturday $140.00
Sunday $160.00
Public Holiday $230.00

Double that paid to the company on 'contract', and you can see how much the government is shelling out for paid home care... and out of that the actual worker gets $27 or so an hour... big profits out of the public purse there...

Seems to me $1.53 per hour is a pretty good deal... and you don't even get to go home to relax... Igor - more beer!
JAID
6th Feb 2020
10:14am
KSS, I am quite sympathetic to what I think are your underlying thoughts but cannot understand why a carer must be someone who has no choice. Everybody has a choice. If my wife refuses to get up in the morning and do whatever may be her agreed share that is a choice she can make. We both would have choices in regard to following arrangements.

If someone requires a carer then, since everybody has a choice (as distant as that may seem) what could be the difference in whether the person is an Ex. a parent, a child, a relative or friend or someone completely unknown?

I am sympathetic since every cent we spend is taken from two sources: 1. The time out of peoples lives required to produce it and 2. Resources that would be available to the future. It behoves us under that condition to make the best use of those resources. Naturally, that is not to say that we do or do so equitably.

Frankly, I think that we are a very generous society. If government ensured that I had enough food, sufficient protective clothing and protection from the elements along with libraries (with internet,) access to parks, beaches, roadways, national parks and the like along with core medical needs I would feel very generously treated. However, the generosity of the public privately would still go further as it always has.

Just on "Protection from the elements." That is one thing at least that government has not managed appropriately. We have people without a roof over their heads. How can that be in a society dealing with so much wealth? One reason is the sheer extravagance of our assisted or free housing provision. One local case saw 80 sound but plain little Housing Commission units demolished on a site worth millions. Then a couple dozen Commission houses were erected at well over a half million each nearly 2 decades ago (not counting a percentage of the land or associated costs.) Past experience shows that they will end up being offered to occupants for purchase at a rate their social security payments can afford and with time the same, being inner-city dwellings, will appreciate to greatly exceed even their original cost. The absurdity or extravagance is not always so stark but certainly leaner provision could ensure that homelessness does not exist. Leastwise in the present taxation circumstance homelessness should not exist.
older&wiser
4th Feb 2020
11:30am
Whilst it sounds great, it will never happen. I got shafted from my job 18 months before aged pension eligibility. Got shunted on to Newstart with useless, hopeless JSP's. And still with mortgage. Had to use my super, as little as it was, to keep a very basic roof over my head. I had fully planned and wanted to work for at least another 5 years, but new supervisor openly complained about older workers being a detriment to her department. (govt dept, no support for underlings). I still have a mortgage, no super, and live very poorly and though still applying for jobs, it is a complete waste of time and money. Very demoralizing. There is far too much generational welfare, families breeding and never working. Newstart should not be increased for these people, for too many treat it as a lifestyle and manage quite well. I just look at the people buying cartons, not packs, of cigarettes at my local supermarket, most would be not working and on welfare. Yes there should be more help for over 55's, who are out of work and want to work. But as has been seen in the past, throwing money at a problem is not always the best way to go. And really, the govt doesn't give a rats arse about and for seniors, unless they can screw something out of them.
JAID
6th Feb 2020
11:57pm
It is a double headed thing Older & Wiser. we need somehow to make conditions ripe for employment at both ends of the working age cohort. The young need to make a start in fending for themselves and the elder who wish to work are a terrible waste if not out there making use of their experience and skill.
JAID
7th Feb 2020
12:15am
The tools for doing that will have to be highly flexible. We can see that prescription has failed generally. Roosevelt's new deal and the local road making schemes during the depression were a direct response to what was seen as national (or international) calamity and could get away with it for the duration. Today, we see the wastage of experienced people and the lack of skill development and work ethic in the young as percentages balanced happily by a ship on an even enough keel to not ring the bells too loudly. In that context appropriate job-making seems a much more complex game.

Those out of work don't have the resources or perhaps even the commonality to support a rallying cry as others do. Gender, sexuality and environment may have trod a long road but now have a much easier run on the manufacture or politics of appropriate change. Yet, this is very much as important. Liberty is synonymous with responsibility and provision for ones own existence while not necessary to importance of the individual is likely a solid step in the right direction.
Ted Wards
4th Feb 2020
11:42am
I think the whole welfare system needs a review.
PlanB
4th Feb 2020
11:55am
So darn true Ted Ward
Anonymous
4th Feb 2020
12:04pm
Agree Ted.

We focus on increasing welfare . What we should be doing is concentrating on less people needing to be on welfare.

For a start instead of exporting raw material we should be retaining raw material for local productivity. That productivity providing increased work opportunity.
Triss
4th Feb 2020
2:20pm
The whole government needs a revue, Ted Wards. In fact it’s time we drew a line underneath it and started again.
Of course government can’t raise Newstart, it’s just shelled out $77bn in tax cuts so there’s nothing left for the poorest.
Anonymous
4th Feb 2020
5:31pm
We start by accepting it is Social Security out of the paid pot - not welfare as in a handout.
Triss
4th Feb 2020
8:23pm
Yes, Trebor, that’s very true.
Tanker
4th Feb 2020
11:50am
Get real; Scotty from Marketing is desperate to have a budget surplus plus give a tax cuts to the wealthy.
Anonymous
4th Feb 2020
5:32pm
Seems the fires will put paid to that idea... surplus that is... besides, it's only a forward guesstimate and in twelve month's time the true figures will not be in evidence...

I'm budgeting for a first class world cruise, with stops at all the best resorts... I'll get back to you in twelve month's time and tell you how the budget went....
Tanker
4th Feb 2020
11:50am
Get real; Scotty from Marketing is desperate to have a budget surplus plus give a tax cuts to the wealthy.
inextratime
4th Feb 2020
12:22pm
Nothing wrong with tax cuts for business. The economy needs a kick start. However the newstart allowance is a scandal. Scomo's approval rating has already taken a dip and if he continues to ignore issues which he deems to be irrelevant to his re-election chances he is making a grave error. My housemate is 65 and is on newstart at least for another 12months. No chance of being employed. rent is equal to the amount she is paid. Always voted libs, but not next time and Scomo's margin is very slim. Wake up libs.
Anonymous
4th Feb 2020
6:21pm
The global economy needs no kickstart - neither do tax havens and black holes into which income is dived even within Australia before it ever reaches economic activity...

4th Feb 2020
1:12pm
My best friend's employment was terminated not only due to his age ( 63 ), but also due to his race. He is a White male, very experienced, knowledgeable and professional. Everyone in the department used to ask his assistance. Sadly, most of the White people are now gone from this particular company. The manager of the company is Indian.
Anonymous
4th Feb 2020
1:37pm
White males are regularly kneecapped based on race and gender. Women in particular have both impunity and immunity. That impunity and immunity is supplemented by hatred and jealousy. But it is successful.
KSS
4th Feb 2020
1:59pm
Sadly I have to agree that men these days are very hard done by. If there was ever any further evidence of this needed just look at the venom and vitriol that has followed Betina Arndt since she was awarded the AM in this year's honours list for advocating for men. Why? Because she had the nerve to point out the very same thing!

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-30/bettina-arndt-should-be-stripped-of-honour-victorian-a-g-says/11912178
Rae
4th Feb 2020
4:17pm
There is a lot of this caste business going on now and it needs to be called out. The Indigenous population is getting a tad over being classes lowest caste too by the new Indian owners of clinics and fuel stations. There will be trouble coming if something isn't done to educate these business families expanding out of India that Australia does not have a caste system and doesn't want one.
Anonymous
4th Feb 2020
5:37pm
Well - you oughta see the young women drivers on the roads - Entitlement™ to the max... What? Me abide by rules.. I'm a sacred cow, not just a stupid cow...

**chuckle time** held down the right lane in a 50kph zone at 50 kph (no obligation to use left lane) preparing to turn right... young sheila right on the back of the old Territory and waving hands around and throwing the finger... I went into the turn lane and she went past, hand out the window and screeching and giving me the finger.. ten yards later total halt at traffic lights... two lanes backed up..... (DUH!!)

Now THAT my children, is a stupid young cow.... and a temporary licence holder... if someone doesn't brain her first in a road rage incident... better if she's put off the road rather than some innocent get into trouble...
JAID
6th Feb 2020
10:32am
Again it is your comment that I wish to comment on. This is OT but since I saw no direct thread and the issues is kind of past...I rave on.

Bertina Arndt. I do not much care whether her views are right or wrong. The thing that struck me was that other recipients of award were leading the charge in denigrating her. The despicable, ungracious hide of those people is just beyond belief. Crying that her award underrated their own.

If they think that way, are so lacking in generosity then they should hand in the badge rather than Bertina, while a bit of self-promotion has probably often been involved, their self-serving angst is not what we give gongs out for. Then, ABC reporters. Don't get me wrong for any of its partisanship I am yet a strong ABC supporter. I hardly watch TV but managed to see 3 hosts or invitees bemoan the same thing.

The equation is not a complex one, we are all capable of making up our own minds without these ignorant cheer squads egging us on.
GrayComputing
4th Feb 2020
1:40pm
Pensioners and the about to become pensioners are being gouged by the PM and the liberal party to pay their rich mates, the super rich and companies who pay little or zero taxes.
We the poorer of society are kept on purpose poor or poorer so we stay powerless and cannot easily raise opposition to the ones who can afford to pay many other hanger-on to help them stay in power and keep their own coffers well filled at our expense.
Our plight reminds me of the times before the French and Russian revolution.
Elizzy
4th Feb 2020
10:59pm
Yes, Graycomputing, the signs are definitely there. It would be interesting to put a large number of politicians into jobs for six months that don't quite cover the rent, food, prescriptions, their kids expenses, the car, and see how they manage as working poor.
Priscilla
4th Feb 2020
1:45pm
The government has got its head in the sand as usual. Australia is no longer the lucky country. They need to bring jobs back to Australia and jobs need to be full-time and permanent. Sadly it makes no difference who we have in government, nothing improves!
Baz
4th Feb 2020
2:28pm
2 years ago I had to stop working for health reasons & was put onto Newstart but only after most of my leave payout was used up. $40 per day from Newstart versus $46 per day rent. You do the math.
Jim
4th Feb 2020
3:24pm
The Whole system needs an overhaul, just raising Newstart by the suggested $95 won’t necessarily solve the problem, some living in a capital city or large towns will not get the same benefit as someone living in a rural area or small town, in smaller towns job opportunities are not going to be the same as in larger towns, also living circumstances vary greatly, some of you may have seen the two young girls that were interviewed on tv that had never worked since leaving school, and never intended to work, they lived in a two bedroom flat that 4 of them shared and split the bills, I can’t recall if they got the rental assistance, clearly these people don’t need a pay rise in fact quite the opposite, young people who are happy living at home and have parents that are happy to have them living there don’t need a pay rise, Newstart is not meant to be a lifestyle choice it’s meant to be an interim payment until you can find work. The circumstances that people find themselves in through no fault of there own should be treated differently, many people lose their jobs later in life, and clearly there is age discrimination, possibly gender discrimination and disability discrimination and people who have been unemployed long term are often discriminated against, these are the challenges that we need to find solutions to.
sunnyOz
4th Feb 2020
8:05pm
Jim - I totally agree that instead of increasing money for welfare recipients, more needs to be done as to WHY they are on welfare. I personally know of a person on DSP who has been on it for over 20 years - and went on it due to depression after a marriage break down. She has never been reassessed. This is a rort.
I recently got speaking to a group of 4 youngsters at my local park. They were in a Toyota Campervan, obviously travelling (as I often do this). Asked then where they had been, where they were heading, etc. They were in early 20's, and had been travelling around Australia for the past 8 months. I casually asked if they took casual jobs along the way to pay for it, and they said - "why? - we're on Newstart and manage quite OK'. When I looked perplexed, they explained that for the 4 of them, that meant they got around $2240 a f/n. They each keep $50 a week for personal use, then pool the balance. That $1800 a f/n easily funds their travel. Food, petrol, occasional special weed, van rego, etc. Very rarely, they will do a bit of casual fruit picking - 'but only if it pays good', and for no more than 4 weeks. They had no plans what so ever of stopping their travels.
When I asked why they didn't have to apply for jobs, they told me that one of the party's uncles lived in a town with practically no job prospects, so they all list that uncle's address, and have never been called to account. This gobsmacked me. They were living the high life, and were a happy crew. No wonder! These are the ones that need to be looked at, not by raising Newstart.
Anonymous
4th Feb 2020
8:10pm
While, in keeping with my policy towards Grunts who make claims for disability etc - I make no judgements on merit and such, and am happy to see all such receive as much as possible from the government in return for service and often injury of one kind or another..... I am both amused and gob-smacked by that one, Sunny.
Elizzy
4th Feb 2020
11:06pm
While I don't necessarily condone the young people you describe or the young men in their van (SunnyOz) should they settle for being working poor? A radical overhaul is needed with the right to shelter, food, education, health care and public transport enshrined in the constitution. A massive amount of public housing is needed in the next three years as a start. Won't happen, the forces of greed are too powerful.
MacGyver
4th Feb 2020
3:43pm
TAXPAYERS FACE BILL OF UP TO $1 BILLION DOLLARS TO FUND MP'S RETIREMENT. This was the headline of a article written in The Sunday Morning Herald dated 11th March 2019. Have a read of this article and try not to get angry ! Several retired politicians will get over $200,000 a year for the rest of there life. On top of that they are entitled to other perks. Plus they can hold a highly paid position with one of the large private company's. Possibly this could be part of the reason why the present government will not raise the Newstart allowance. Our tax dollars can only stretch so far and all know who and what has priority.

MacGyver.
Horace Cope
4th Feb 2020
4:13pm
I always find it interesting that groups get their heads in the spotlight by demanding that something be done using other people's money.
Anonymous
4th Feb 2020
5:39pm
Social Security isn't other people's money.... and your criticism goes to all avenues of government spending.......

4th Feb 2020
4:24pm
The biggest problem with increasing Newstart is that everything will go up even more.
Anonymous
4th Feb 2020
5:39pm
Of course - in parasitic vulture society, that is a given...

4th Feb 2020
4:35pm
I used to comment on this websight a lot but on topics like this no one wants to provide for themselves they just want, want , want from the Government.
You are all a bunch of wingers get a life
Anonymous
4th Feb 2020
5:40pm
No whingers here - people are entitled to complain about how our servants in government spend our money....
Anonymous
4th Feb 2020
6:20pm
Right TREBOR.
Have a look at this; https://youtu.be/X9vTD6lGJEM
Anonymous
4th Feb 2020
6:38pm
Very Good HKW.

Anyway - as I've said - barring sending cash money Offshore™ or putting it into non tax-paying areas such as a new pool, a holiday Offshore™ where the profit etc goes Offshore™, a tax dodge such as serial house ownership, or investing it in shares etc so as to have business concessions - the 'cash economy' is only one step removed from the tax cycle anyway - and so its effect is negligible in the cases of SMALL beneficiaries... it is only those LARGE beneficiaries who can hide income, who thus benefit.

So Jill Slaver does a day baby-sitting for $80.... she spends it on food at the supermarket to feed her three kids .... it's gone back into the tax cycle... Offshore Supermarket Giant Coaldiworths shepherds it into a 'fraternal' loan from Coalidiworths International so that it pays no tax... it is gone, gone, Gonski never to return...but at least Jill, having no choice, has placed it back where it COULD pay some tax of some kind... and probably does.

Joe Parasiti the builder accepts cash of $50,000.... no tax.. and it is put together by the giver in lumps of $9,999 plus one of $5 .. Joe spends it on a European holiday or a new pool... no tax apart from a little income tax paid by those who organise these things... better still, Joe gets his bagman to put in into a new investment property or into shares or into his second Blue Oyster bar in Darlinghurst and the tax not paid is astronomical ..... he recoups tax concessions, often paying zero.... maybe he puts it into a container load of ICE and makes a profit beyond our wildest dreams....

Which one is the loss to the economy and tax system? The small beneficiary or the big?
Chris B T
5th Feb 2020
12:22pm
Newstart.
The criteria for Receiving Newstart excludes those with a asset group above what is allowed.
There are only Private Employment Providers, with this Exclusion the Provider has no incentive to Provide You with Employment Searches.
Now you are not Receiving Newstart and Have to Pay for the Employment Provider To Find You Employment.
Note most Employers use this Fee Base Service over Work Classifieds in Papers.
Gave up on this "BS" years a go and there is the Ageism as well.
At least you are Receiving Something and Not Paying The Employment Agency.

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johnp
6th Feb 2020
8:53am
Where it said "increasing the Newstart base rate would cost taxpayers billions.". The politicians' wages and multiple perks already cost the taxpayers a billion !!
Pamiea
17th Feb 2020
3:54pm
Take some from a couple on the aged pension and give to thpse eligible on Newstart. Couples should not receive over $400pf more than a single pensioner and I challenge anyone to prove otherwise


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