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Raise Jobseeker to $80 a day

Right now, around 13% of Australians are living in poverty and many more of us are struggling to make ends meet. When millions of people were thrown out of work at the height of the pandemic, it showed just how critical it is to have a strong safety net to fall back on when times are tough. .

But Labor and the Liberals have voted to cutJobSeeker to just $44 a day. This is one of the lowest levels of unemployment support in the OECD, well below the poverty line. Meanwhile, an increasingly privatised system of so-called “job providers” forces people to jump through endless bureaucratic hoops in order to get the support they need, without actually doing anything to help people back into employment.

$44 a day’s not enough to live on. People are skipping meals, going without medicine, even losing their homes. Even looking for work becomes difficult when you struggle to afford a new shirt for a job interview or the bus fare to get to your job agency.  We can afford to raise JobSeeker, putting more money back into the economy and ending poverty in Australia.

The Greens will:

  • Raise JobSeeker to $80 a day, above the poverty line
  • 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

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