“The Abbott Government is today voting to cut support for people on Newstart and other income support payments in a cruel attack on some of our most vulnerable citizens,” Shadow Minister for Families and Payments Jenny Macklin said today.
“This is a new level of cruelty from a Government that would rather take money away from low income Australians instead of making some of the biggest corporations in the world pay their fair share of tax.
“Labor will not support legislation that makes life harder for vulnerable Australians to make ends meet.”
“The Income Support Bonus provides $210 extra per year for singles and $350 extra per year for couples,” Shadow Minister for Employment Brendan O’Connor said.
“People on these payments need this extra support to assist them meet unforseen costs like medical expenses or car repairs. Today’s vote shows that nothing is safe from the Abbott Government’s cuts.
“When they came to Government, the Liberals said they would ease cost of living pressures. Instead they are callously ripping away cash from low income families.”
WEDNESDAY, 20 NOVEMBER 2013