Senate debates

Thursday, 20 September 2012


Newstart Allowance

12:17 pm

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I move:

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.


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