Newstart is not charity. Every person no matter what their condition in life contributes to Australia & Australian society. Every citizen is equal before the law & deserves the respect & dignity inherent in their station. Newstart does not provide enough money to guarantee an acceptable living standard in a country as rich as Australia.
I've been there. I know how hard it is.
Australia is too wealthy to allow people to live in such poverty. We need to restructure our employment expectations as technology is making more jobs unavailable - full employment is not our future, yet financially that's what we all need (plus a full-time employed partner) to survive and keep a roof over our heads.
“If I had extra money each fortnight I would be actually able to feed myself three meals a day instead of just my son.”
“The cost of housing is way too high and so is the price of food and electricity. Everything is constantly increasing except Newstart.”