It is unacceptable for the Government to allow the rate of the Jobseeker Payment to return back to below the poverty line to payments of $40 a day in September, condemning what is likely to be millions of people to live in poverty.
It cannot be Government policy for people to live in poverty. An increase to the Jobseeker payment must be long term, permanent and above the poverty line.
To meet the OECD relative measure of poverty a fortnightly income of at least $1012 is needed, keeping Jobseeker at its current rate would ensure people were not living in poverty.
The fact is, this crisis will not be over in September, and sadly there is still likely to be over a million Australians out of work.
We are seeing forecasts of unemployment rates of up to 8-10% over the next few years.
We can and should choose to adequately support those people impacted by the high unemployment rates.
There is no justification for making people go back to living on payments of $40 a day.
No income support payment should be below the poverty line.