Save our safety net

We are calling on Federal Government to stop the cuts and stop the attack on people who have the least in Australia.

Federal government wants to make more cuts to the incomes of people living with severe hardship, through the ‘Welfare Reform’ Bill. There are already 3 million people living in poverty in Australia. Horrifically, 731,000 are children. We don’t want more people falling into poverty.

41 civil society organisations say stop the cuts.

There is one job available for every ten people looking for paid work. Despite this, the Federal government continues to demonise and attack people simply because they can’t find paid work or are looking after family. They are being abused, stigmatised and humiliated by their very own government. Government should focus on providing jobs, not attacking people who are looking for work.

40 civil society organisations say stop the attack.

We are a wealthy country, yet things are tough and more and more people are facing poverty. They will face more cuts and more abuse and more attacks from their very own government.

Tell government stop the cuts and stop the attack.

Our society is built on giving a helping hand when someone needs it most. Let’s make sure everyone lives with opportunity, dignity, love and respect. Let’s help people out of poverty, not send more people under.

#DignityNotPoverty  #TreatUsLikeHumans  #SaveOurSafetyNet

 

Stop the cuts. Stop the attack.

Stop the cuts. Stop the attack.

We are calling on Federal Government to build dignity not poverty for people who have the least in Australia.

Federal government wants to make nine more cuts to the incomes of people living with severe hardship. There are already 3 million people living in poverty in Australia. Horrifically, 731,000 are children. We don't want more people falling into poverty.

We say stop the cuts.

There is one job available for every ten people looking for paid work. Despite this, Federal government continues to demonise and attack people simply because they can't find paid work or are looking after family. They are being abused, stigmatised and humiliated by their very own government. Government should focus on providing jobs, not attacking people who are looking for work.

We say stop the attack.

We are a wealthy country, yet things are tough and more and more people are facing poverty. But in poverty, they will face more cuts and more abuse and more attacks from their very own government.

Tell government stop the cuts and stop the attack.

Our society is built on giving a helping hand when someone needs it most. Let's make sure everyone lives with opportunity, dignity, love and respect.

Let’s help people out of poverty, not send more people under.

The nine un-legislated cuts to income support payments currently before parliament include:

* Cutting the Energy Supplement, affecting 1.7 million people receiving income support payments
* Cutting the Pensioner Education Supplement, affecting 39,700 people, including single parents, Disability Support Pensioners and Carers
* Cutting the Education Entry Payment, affecting 56,100 people
* Denying some migrants a pension for up to 15 years, affecting 2,300 people
* Cutting the GST Supplement for pensioners who spend more than six weeks overseas
* Removing deemed claim provisions for people accessing income support, effectively cutting payments for people experiencing disadvantage
* Doubling the Liquid Assets Waiting Period making some people wait six months before accessing an income support payment, affecting 13,800 people
* Cutting the Bereavement Allowance by $1,300
* Tightening compliance rules for people seeking work, which will cut social security payments for 83,000 people

Measures that demonise people receiving income support payments include:

* Drug testing 5,000 people who are unemployed
* Placing people who return a positive drug test under income management
* Denying people with addiction exemptions from mutual obligation
* Forcing single parents to have a third party verify they are single
* Sending threatening letters and text messages from Centrelink and the Australian Federal Police demanding people update their details
* Continuation of Robodebt
* Continuing blanket income management for people living in remote areas
* Continuation of Work for the Dole and the Community Development Program despite very poor outcomes

#DignityNotPoverty       #TreatUsLikeHumans       #WeAreWorthIt

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ACOSS and 41 civil society organisations from across Australia are also calling on government to strengthen the social safety net and stop tearing it apart. Please read our Joint Statement

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