Thursday, 20 September 2012
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) today, due to the differences in the types of indexation, pensions will go up by $17.10 while allowances will only increase by $2.90, and
(ii) indexation against the consumer price index alone keeps Newstart so low it cannot adequately meet the true increases in the cost of living; and
(b) urges the Government to take immediate steps to appropriately index Newstart at the same rate as the pension to prevent an ever-widening gap.