Officials from the Department of Social Services have today conceded that there is no evidence that the Abbott Government’s plan to leave young jobseekers with nothing to live on for four weeks will help them to find work.
Asked in a Senate Committee hearing what evidence the Government was using to justify the cruel policy, the Department responded:
“It was a decision of government... to apply the four week waiting period.”
“We don’t have evidence that is directly comparable to this particular policy…”
Department of Social Services, 5th August 2015
The Department also admitted that the New Zealand model often cited by the Abbott Government is not the same and is not suitable for comparison.
The Senate Committee also heard from welfare organisations that slammed the Abbott Government’s cuts to young Australians.
ACOSS Chief Executive Cassandra Goldie said:
"The only outcome that will be the result of this kind of proposal is to place more young people into financial hardship.”
Mission Australia’s David Pigott told the committee that:
"[We] think that the current measures before the committee are a bit like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut".
Despite having no evidence to support its policy and widespread condemnation from the welfare sector, the Abbott Government is continuing with its cruel cuts to young jobseekers.
If Tony Abbott gets his way young jobseekers under 25 will be pushed into poverty and hardship.
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.
In June this year Tony Abbott rammed his cuts to the Newstart Allowance for young people through the House of Representatives.
Labor will continue to stand up for young Australians by opposing these cuts when they are debated in the Senate.
Whether for one month or six, Labor will not support a measure which pushes young people into poverty and additional hardship.
WEDNESDAY, 5AUGUST 2015