May 13, 2015

Tony Abbott’s second Budget will leave jobseekers under 25 with nothing to live on for one month.

This is just another iteration of the six month wait period imposed in last year’s Budget.


Tony Abbott has also retained his planned changes to the eligibility age for Newstart, pushing jobseekers who are between the ages of 22 and 24 onto the lower youth allowance.   


It is clear that Tony Abbott has learnt nothing and how shortsighted this Budget is.


With unemployment peaking at 6.5 per cent and staying higher longer than estimated, this type of punitive measure is patently unfair, and bad for the economy. 

We need more young Australians in work, not less.


Jobseekers deserve support into the workforce, not savage attacks that make it harder for them to find work. This budget is just as unfair as the last when it comes to young jobseekers.


Labor will oppose Abbott’s latest cut, just as we opposed last year’s attempt to leave young jobseekers with nothing to live on for six months.


Whether for one month or six, Labor will not support a measure which pushes young people into poverty and hardship.


Australians don’t want a country which leaves young people with nothing to live on.


For a year, Labor has fought tooth and nail against Tony Abbott’s cruel and unfair six month wait.


And we will do exactly the same against his new plan to leave young people with nothing to live on for one month.


Labor has forced Tony Abbott into scrapping one of the cruelest cuts of last year’s Budget - his plan to force jobseekers under 30 to live on nothing for six months.


But the Government hasn’t learnt, and so Labor’s fight for young Australians will continue.


The Parliament has rejected this measure once. It should now be scrapped entirely. 


This Budget has failed the future test and it has failed the fairness test because the fundamental unfairness of last year’s Budget disaster remains.