More than 200,000 Australians aged over 50 are receiving Newstart Allowance, according to figures provided to the Australian Greens through Senate Estimates.
"There has been an increase of 24,000 in the number of people aged over 50 receiving Newstart Allowance in the past year," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.
The Australian Greens have called on the Abbott Government to re-think its Work for the Dole changes, amid serious concerns about the policy.
"The Government is more interested in punishing job seekers than helping people into work, and their expansion of Work for the Dole is more evidence of that," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.
Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison will be hearing from the Charles Sturt Council in South Australia after they voted last night to call for the return of two refugee students who were rounded up and taken to a Darwin detention centre a month ago.
"I congratulate these councillors who are standing up for their community," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
The Abbott Government’s approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin, to export through the Great Barrier Reef, is an environmental and climate disaster.
The Australian Greens said today that the Government is out of touch with the reality faced by jobseekers and is resorting to unproven work for the dole measures and tough compliance regimes.