The Coalition Government is cutting the Jobseeker supplement and forcing people to live on $43.5 a day, which is almost half the poverty line. This will push the 1.2 million people relying on Jobseeker into poverty. Australia is a wealthy country – we can afford to ensure no one lives in poverty. Since the pandemic began just 31 Australians have increased their own personal wealth by $85 billion. That wealth should be used to invest in public services and infrastructure to look after people and create jobs – not help someone like Clive Palmer buy a yacht.
The Greens will:
- Raise Jobseeker to $80 a day (in line with the original Covid19 supplement) so everyone can eat, pay the bills and look after themselves
- Extend this raise to people on the following allowances: Partner Allowance, Widow Allowance, Youth Allowance, Austudy, ABSTUDY Living Allowance, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance, and Special Benefit
- Scrap all mutual obligations and private job service providers for Jobseeker recipients