Tuesday, 4 December 2018
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) the buying power of Newstart has barely changed since 1994-95, while the buying power of the median household disposable income has increased 55% during the same period,
(ii) since 2006, successive governments have made cuts to income support for sole parents moving them onto Newstart when their youngest child turns 8,
(iv) the cumulative effect of the policy changes since 2006 has left sole parents still on Parenting Payment Single, with two younger children, nearly $85 a fortnight worse off; and
(b) calls on the Federal Government to increase Newstart and to reverse the policy changes that have left sole parents worse off. (general business notice of motion no. 1300)
The best form of welfare is a job. The Liberal-National coalition has created more than 1.1 million jobs since coming to government. The government will continue to promote policies which improve employment opportunities for those on Newstart and youth allowance as well as continue to index those payments twice a year.