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GetUp have also responded to the news Jobseeker will only increase by $50 a fortnight.
This isn’t a raise in the JobSeeker rate — it’s a half-arsed PR exercise that will entrench poverty and disadvantage for more than 1.2 million Australians who depend on JobSeeker to survive. The Morrison Government has thrown people on JobSeeker some crumbs and called it a raise. What it really is is an insult.
Instead of a JobSeeker rate that would give people the means to live a decent and dignified life, Morrison has signalled to 1.2 million Australians that his government doesn’t care about their basic welfare or survival.
There is (rightly) going to be a lot of discussion about the Jobseeker payment in the next few weeks.
Just a small reminder that it is not just about the dollar amount per day – and what people could buy with it. That is obviously important, but we are talking about people who are forced to make decisions about how many times a day they can afford to eat.