Today, there are 1.5 million people on the JobSeeker and Youth Allowance payments who are forced to live on just $44 a day - far below the poverty line. If we want people to be able to eat, clothe, and house themselves, they need at least $80 a day.
Poverty is a political choice - and the Government has decided to line the pockets of billionaires with tax cuts, while forcing millions of Australians into poverty.
The Morrison Government chose to lift people out of poverty when the COVID crisis began. But then they decided to reverse these life-saving changes and condemned people to just $44 a day in the middle of a recession.
$44 a day is not enough to live on. People are going without meals, without medication, without the funds to pay for heating or cooling and many are losing their homes.
No one deserves to live under the poverty line in a wealthy country like Australia.
There is very clear evidence that the income support system itself is acting as a key barrier to employment because of the inadequate payment rates that force people into poverty.
It should not be Government policy for people to live below the poverty line.
Join The Greens in our call for the Government to increase JobSeeker to at least $80 a day.