LINDA BURNEY MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES
MEMBER FOR BARTON
ANDREW LEIGH MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR TREASURY
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CHARITIES
MEMBER FOR FENNER
SENATOR JENNY MCALLISTER
SHADOW CABINET SECRETARY
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER TO THE LABOR LEADER IN THE SENATE
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR COMMUNITIES AND THE PREVENTION OF FAMILY VIOLENCE
MILLIONS OF AUSTRALIANS LEFT BEHIND THIS ANTI-POVERTY WEEK
This Anti-Poverty Week millions of Australians have been left behind by the Government – less than a week after delivering its budget.
Australia is in the middle of the most severe economic crisis in almost a century.
160,000 Australians are expected to lose their jobs between now and the end of the year – and there are simply not enough jobs for everyone who needs one.
928,000 Australians over 35 on JobSeeker have been deliberately excluded in the budget from the hiring subsidies.
And over the past 12 months, more than one in five Australians have experienced food insecurity, and charities and emergency relief providers are being overwhelmed by a surge in demand for their services – one in three are accessing emergency relief for the first time.
The Government has refused to provide certainty to millions of anxious Australians on JobSeeker who face a return to the old base rate of Newstart on December 31.
And the Budget failed the charity sector, which employs one in ten Australians, and is having to stand down staff while demand for charitable assistance soars.
All Australians – whether they live below or above the poverty line – will in some form or another feel the struggle of poverty.
When a child doesn’t have a roof over their head, or goes hungry, they cannot do their homework, complete their education and reach their potential.
They cannot participate economically or socially in our community.
Poverty means we are all diminished as a nation.
The Government missed a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address these issues.
It should begin by providing certainty for Australians on JobSeeker beyond Christmas by delivering a permanent increase.
Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.
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