Tony Abbott last night rammed his cuts to the Newstart Allowance for young people through the House of Representatives.
If Tony Abbott gets his way young jobseekers under 25 will have nothing to live on for one month.
The Government also wants to change the eligibility age for Newstart, pushing jobseekers between the ages of 22 and 24 onto the lower Youth Allowance.
This means a cut of around $48 a week or almost $2,500 a year.
Labor will continue to stand up for young Australians by opposing these cuts when they are debated in the Senate.
These are cruel cuts that have the potential to confine young people to an endless cycle of no income support at all, pushing many young jobseekers into poverty.
We know unemployment is forecast to peak at 6.5 per cent.
We know youth unemployment is at crisis levels across parts of regional and rural Australia.
Yet Tony Abbott’s answer is to punish young jobseekers with these cruel cuts.
Young people need jobs not Tony Abbott’s cuts.
Whether for one month or six, Labor will not support a measure which pushes young people into poverty and hardship.
Labor will stand shoulder to shoulder with young Australians until Tony Abbott’s cuts to Newstart are gone for good.
THURSDAY, 25 JUNE 2015